A person with dementia may need you to guide them to the toilet.
You might need to help them with their clothes, but if possible, encourage them to do it themselves in small steps: for instance, “Can you undo your zip? Now can you pull down your trousers?”
Loose clothes such as tracksuit bottoms, or clothes with Velcro fastenings, might be easier for some people.
The person may need you to help them sit down on the toilet – but if it’s appropriate, give them some privacy while staying close by. If they stand to urinate, encourage them to sit down at least once a day to open their bowels.
Allow the person plenty of time to use the toilet, then check the bowl to see if they have passed urine or stools. If you notice any irregularities, such as blood, inform their GP or nurse.
Afterwards, encourage or help them to wipe themselves and wash their hands.
To speak to a specialist Admiral Nurse about continence or any other aspect of dementia, please call the Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 (Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm, every day except 25th December) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.