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Should I remove the carpet in my dad's bedroom for safety?

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My dad has been falling more and more over the past year. This is partly due to a combination of all the meds he takes and low blood pressure. He is in the advanced stages of Parkinsons's with dementia. His doctors and physical therapists have told him and instructed him on standing up, either from lying in bed or from sitting in a chair. He needs to do it in slow stages so that his blood pressure levels out and he can stand without the dizziness or passing out, which leads to him falling.
His bedroom is the only room in the house that has carpeting (wall to wall). But his dementia causes him to use the bathroom wherever he wants in the house (which he thinks he has gone into the bathroom), including in his room on the carpet. He wears depends, but usually removes them when he feels he needs to use the bathroom. I am not frustrated with this because I understand his "state of mind", but I am comtemplating removing the carpet and laying down tile. This would make for much easier clean up and freshing the air much faster, so when you walk in the front door, you are not blasted with a vial urine or feces smell. And if he wants to lay down in his bed, I can't have him in there like that with that fowl odor until it disipates and drys.
My only concern is his falls. I know the tile floor, obviously is a much harder surface to fall on and I won't be able to put down area rugs because of slippage or tripping.
His safety is first and foremost. But it has gotten so that the rug does not dry up between accidents.
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I am in the flooring business, and would suggest you use a flex vinyl, that is installed and you can put it directly on the subfloor, its pretty heavy, and the quarter round will hold it in place along the wall edges. It will cushion any falls better than tile or wood, and will be less expensive, and more slip resistant than wood or laminate, which can be slick.
Laminate will have seams that urine can get down into, and wood floor will too. On tile, the grout is porous, and will absorb the urine, and it will smell too. You need seamless vinyl. Plus, you can install it yourself, to save money.
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Thanks all for the very terrific suggestions.
I'm gonna go with tiling the room. I already have the tile from when I renovated his home I orginally bought enough to do the whole house.
Once that's down, then I'll try out those interlocking rubber floor tiles to hopefully soften the blow a bit in case he falls.
Again thanks. I've always said... you don't know unless you ask. If you don't open your mouth no one knows of the help you need and you can't learn from the experiences of others.
God bless!
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Parkinson's with dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies and both instances of the same pathology. Together they are called LBD -- Lewy Body Dementias. It is the second most common form of old-age dementia, after Alzheimer's. There is a wonderful US organization that advocates for this disease and has a very informative website: http://www.lbda.org/

I say, the carpet goes! I liked the brighly colored interlocking rubber squares that mariesmom in my kitchen for a while. Easy to stand on.
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The best money I have spent is on a Hoover Floor Mate Hard floor cleaner. The one that scrubs and then sucks up the water. It is a God send. If you have grout it will leave a little water behind, but it drys quick. One vinyl it is great. The Hard Floor cleaner has a wonderful fresh scent that goes all through the house. It is easy to use and no getting down there to scrub and mop - so easy you can use often.
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tile is very slick when wet, but if he peed on the carpet, thats got to go. it soaks way down underneth and messes everything up, plus the health hazard of it. theres got to be something, too bad they dont make wall to wall puppy pads..
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My mom has ruined the white carpet in her room, red from jello, pepto and other things. We are thinking of having vinyl put in - they have thick cushy kinds that look like real hardwood. We have hardwood in lr and dr and will eventually put in brs because I have asthma. The rest of our home is tile, she walks well with walker on the tile.
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alma - LBD and Parkinson's seem to affect the same area of the brain, so you might find the LBD stuff useful. Most of it is out of the UK since here in the US dementia is all about Alz. The whole visual perception that can happen is strange.
They seem to see "the illusion of motion" and for even more FUN, it is very episodic. With my mom, she saw the carpeted flooring in the hallway of her old IL as uneven cobblestones and saw levels in the floor that weren't there. So the flat foot shuffle makes total sense in it's strange way.

Is he on a Vertigo med? My mom is on Mezclizine - gets it twice a day. It does make a difference as she can rebalance & find an equilibrium.

Sounds like he has BPV - benign positional vertigo. My mom has this. BPV happens if you're sitting down and then try to get up fast and get dizzy, or have been laying down and then sit up fast - the blood pressure drops and they get dizzy, sometimes even fall back into the bed or the chair. Did they tell him to do this when sitting: hand pumps - have an open hand down by their side dangling then make a fist and hold for a couple of seconds and work it up till their hands are even with their shoulders. And to do the bed roll: before getting out of bed roll side to side a couple of times then sit up and wait a count of ten to stand.

I know your fear as BVP causes huge number of falls and can be really manageable if you can get them to so simple things like the above. The fact that he is still ambulatory is just great. Good luck!
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IF you and Dad really like the carpet and have the time and energy, you can get the enzymatic cleaners they sell for pets, like Nature's Miracle, and try that to clean it. Some carpets clean up better than others. Your kindness and tolerance, realizing that he can't help it and not letting it uspet you too much is commendable and a real blessing for your dad!
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Here's what we did - the large 24x24 non-skid interlocking rubber floor tiles. They are available at Sam's, Lowes, etc. in flooring department. Meant for a child's play room, they go down over any type floor including carpet and can be cut to fit if required. The colors are bright - yellow, red, blue, green. I have them around Mom's hospital bed (both sides as she drops food) and in a path to her toilet. They are inexpensive enough to do the entire floor if required - AND they can easily be taken up, scrubbed off, and replaced. I love them. They saved our carpet and our hardwoods.
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