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Toilet
The world of the person with dementia can be stressful and frustrating and going to the toilet can be a source of anxiety, but there are ways to alleviate the problems. It can be as simple as making sure that the person knows how to find their way to the toilet or reminding them regularly. It may even be a case of replacing buttons and zips with Velcro.
 
There is a wide range of support products available which can make the toilet more comfortable to use and help with continence management. Above all it is important not to make an issue out of incontinence. Restlessness or agitation may also be a sign that they need to go and it is extremely important for the dignity of the individual not to embarrass them.
 
If incontinence is an issue, then it is important to check with the doctor whether it is a physical problem that can be treated. It is also sensible to consult a community nurse about appropriate aids such as pads, pants and protective cushions or bedding.

Toilet

Commodes - Mobile

Commodes - Mobile

For those who cannot make it to the toilet or bathroom easily, mobile commodes have wheels so that a carer can move the person more easily into another room, increasing privacy for the user.

Commodes

Commodes

Commode chairs may be beneficial if the toilet is inaccessible or difficult for the person to get to. Models come with a concealed plastic potty and removable lid and may be discreetly designed to look like a standard chair.

Toilet Frames

Toilet Frames

Sturdy and lightweight toilet frames which fit over an existing toilet offer comfort and support when sitting or standing. Free standing and floor fixed models available.

Support Rails

Support Rails

A grab rail is designed for permanent fixing to a solid wall in the bathroom, while a suction grab bar can be easily removed when not in use. They are easy to grip and some models come in blue for contrast against white tiles or wall. This makes them easier to locate, removing another source of anxiety and decreasing the likelihood of a damaging fall.

Toilet Seats

Toilet Seats

Raised toilet seats fit onto an existing toilet seat, with or without permanent fixings, making it easier to sit or stand. Built-in armrests are also available on certain models for extra comfort and support.

Toilet & Bathroom Signage

Toilet & Bathroom Signage

It’s important for people with dementia to maintain hygiene standards and retain their dignity, so being able to find the toilet or bathroom easily will help to reduce anxiety and prolong independence.