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    I have heard that urinary tract infections are a result of poor hygiene. Is this true? If so how do I get my mom to do a better job cleaning herself?

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  • brianna.kaminski@alzbetter.com

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    April 20, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Hello!

    The following strategies can help decrease the chance that a person with dementia will develop a UTI:

    Adequate hydration. Encouraging adequate fluids can help reduce the chance of UTIs.

    Don’t wait to urinate –Holding your urine too long can increase the risk of a UTI. I recommend having mom on a toileting schedule – 30 minutes after meals, after she has fluid intake take her to the bathroom.

    Encourage clothing that can breathe – Clothing that is too tight or underwear made from nylon as opposed to cotton can trap moisture and increase the risk.

    Proper hygiene practices – Your mom may need some extra assistance with cleaning themselves and wiping properly after urinating or having a bowel movement. If you are concerned with moms hygiene here are a few tips:

    If you are using wet wipes try to warm them up for a few seconds in the microwave, always ensuring that they are not too hot – this can be as a nice warm feeling for mom.

    covering mirrors if the person doesn’t recognize themselves in the mirror

    approaching her with a great deal of reassurance and patience, remember this is a intimate time for mom, make her feel as comfortable as possible.

    making sure that the bathroom is warm enough and inviting, try incorporating a space heater to make the bathroom warmer.

    providing adequate lighting in the bathroom, especially during evening hours

    playing soft music in the background to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere

    choosing the best time of the day for bathing – try to match her bathing routine before the onset of the dementia ….bathing at the time of day when she is most relaxed and choosing a type of bathing – bath, shower, sponge bath – with which mom is familiar.

    Break down the tasks into simple steps, gently explaining each step – use simple, respectful language

    Encourage her to do as much as possible by herself.

    If you feel you may need help with showering/bathing it may be best to look into hiring a home health aid how many times a week mom showers to provide assistance.

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