My mother is 89 and has Alzheimer's disease. She has become incontinent at night and during the day. She is still considered to be Independent in assisted living because she is very ambulatory and does not need help with dressing or feeding, etc. She is constantly walking around with urine soaked pants and her bed smells terrible. My sisters change it regularly, but her carpet is now foul smelling. We pay a small fortune to keep her in this facility. She refuses to wear Depends or any other protective undergarments, during the day or at night. I have a plastic mattress cover on her bed. We removed all of her regular panties and replaced them with pull on protective panties, but she does not wear them. I live in another state and cannot surpervise her. The assisted living home says unless she is in the "Assisted" category, they can't do anything, and even then, I don't think they can force her to wear them. Has anyone else had this problem? I am at my wit's end.

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Mom is in the stage where she tries to tear her pull-ups off in bed. What a mess that makes! If she can still dress herself etc. she still has her feelings of pride, and just can't stand the thought of a diaper! I don't know what to tell you. Maybe she should be upgraded to the assisted category. Sounds like she could use the help before the situation gets worse. Have her reevaluated by her doctors to see if they can recommend this. She will start to get UTIs from being in wet pants and then all H will break lose!
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