Incontinence and dementia
People with dementia can experience problems with using the toilet, which can be distressing for them and those who care for them. This might be due to difficulty finding the toilet or reaching it in time, or problems with coordination and movement.
Incontinence occurs when someone experiences an involuntary leakage of urine (urinary incontinence) or faeces (faecal incontinence). Some people may have both, known as ‘double incontinence’.
Older people are more prone to incontinence, but this could be due to a physical health problem, which might be treatable. There are lots of reasons for incontinence, but there are also lots of ways to manage it, and to ensure that the person with dementia is helped to maintain their dignity and privacy. Dementia UK