Dementia and continence

Kirsty Stephenson
June 1, 2022
June 1, 2022

Many people living with dementia experience bladder and/or bowel incontinence which can be distressing for the person with dementia and those who care for them.

When caring for someone with dementia, incontinence may seem like the last straw, but there are measures that can be taken either to resolve the problem or to make it less stressful.

Key points

After considering the health and social challenges around continence Lorraine Haining, a specialist practitioner with Dementia Carers Count, has developed the following strategies to help carers manage potentially difficult situations:

Respect, empathy and trust

Communication

Environment

Independence

Lorraine Haining is a specialist practitioner who’s background is in mental health nursing. She has specialised in dementia care for over twenty years and holds the title of Queens Nurse Scotland, a social movement of nurses, selected by their local Health & Social Care Boards who are catalysts for change in their community.

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