People with dementia may face a number of difficulties with using the toilet, particularly as the illness progresses.
These can include:
- Memory: Forgetting to go to the toilet, where it is, or how to use it.
- Sequencing: Struggling to perform the different physical steps in the right order.
- Communication: Not being able to say when they need to go, or when, how and why they are experiencing problems.
- Recognition: Not recognising the body’s physical messages that they need to go, or not realising what the toilet is and going elsewhere instead.
- Environment: Finding the toilet may be difficult. Colours, mirrors and surfaces may cause confusion.
This guide looks at these situations and suggests ideas to offer support.