Any ideas in dealing with night time bed wetting and bathroom?

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My father is suffering from physical weakness that has made it difficult for him to get out of the bed at night and making it to the bathroom. He is also suffering from early dementia. Any ideas.

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You also need to take your Dad back to the doctor and have his prostate checked. If it has gotten enlarged, which is quite common, this is one of the triggers for feeling like you have to urinate more often at night. There are several medications that can be prescribed that help.
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We use the disposable underwear, both pull ups and side open with sticky tabs (depending on whether we put them on when my mother is laying down or on the toilet/portable potty.) We use the disposable bed pads and washable, reusable under pads. The washable ones are cloth with absorbent material on one side and waterproof material on the other side. We got a dozen on ebay for about $60. The cloth ones are good because we can also use them to reposition my mother on the bed or the chair during the day. This site is great for getting new ideas about how to deal with all the things that come along as we care for our loved ones. Thanks for all your caring for your dad!
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No liquids or drinking after dinner could reduce the urge to urinate. You might also consider augmenting Depends Pullups (I've found that other, less expensive brands, like those sold at Costco or other warehouse retailers, to be just as good.) with disposable bed pads, used in hospitals and nursing homes, if necessary. They're inexpensive at provide added protection to the bed and mattress from accidents. They are available at most surgical supply stores although Medicare does not cover them.
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Ideally voiding every 4 hours would be wonderful but as a caregiver you really need your rest and the special briefs hold more urine and keep the patient drier. I have had experience with the Texas Catheters also but would a gentleman with Alzheimer's keep it on?
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My mother suffered from night time wetting. Her problem was congestive heart failure. She hadn't been to a doctor in years, so we didn't know. Once the hospital started treating that, the night time wetting has diminished.
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Several things to think about when addressing night time incontinence. Consider placing dad on a toiling schedule in which he is awaken and taken to the toilet in the night time every 4 hrs to prevent soaking the bed. You can also start using depends/adult briefs at night. You may also consider using a condom catheter also known as a "Texas Catheter" which can be placed on to help catch the urine, however, as a registered nurse, I have rarely seen these stay in place with older men. They also make bedwetting alarms that actually alarms when the brief gets wet similar to that of a bed alarm to prevent falls. James, owner of VitalLifeSenior and registered nurse.
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I think the plastic urinal is a good idea. If the problem gets progressively worse there are heavier briefs available to order and hold much more urine then the drug store brands. I use a company Cheap Chux and they have a wide variety of products. They have a good site to view but also a phone number to speak directly to them and get some suggestions. Hope this is useful and good luck to you!
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I just posted about the male urinals on another thread. You can buy them at Wal-Mart or Home Depot for less than $6. Google "male urinal" if you're not familiar with what we're talking about. We had one for my dad and it was great. Not sure how it would work with someone with dementia, but if your dad can sit up, he can use it right at his bedside.
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Urinals are a great jdea. Dad had a stretch when gassing up the car would make him have to go.. once he did it at the Costco gas pumps! ( when he was still driving) I got one from the hospital to keep in the car! Saved alot of embaressment! Thank god we are now over that .. But I still make sure he uses the bathroom before we go ANYWHERE! We have only had two accidents since they moved here 4 months ago..regular scheduled potty trips have helped
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Would he wear depend pull ups? Or you could keep one of those urinals, like they have in the hospital, next to the bed.
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