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Toileting

Problems with toileting may be caused by:

  • Forgetting where the bathroom is
  • Not recognizing the need to void
  • Not enough privacy or embarrassed to have the caregiver help
  • Being rushed or taking too long to go to the bathroom
  • Inability to stay focused long enough to complete toileting tasks
  • Not enough strength, endurance, or balance 

 Physical aspects of toileting

  • Encourage person to do as much as possible, such as manipulating and
     adjusting clothes
  • Use Velcro tape on clothing instead of zippers or buttons to simplify
     clothing
  • Make sure the person can sit on the toilet without discomfort or
     instability
  • Feet should rest on the floor and the person should have something to
     hold on to
  • Close bathroom door for privacy and to avoid excessive exposure
    Remove scatter rugs to prevent accidents
  • Environmental aspects of toileting
  • Bring toilet closer to person to prevent accidents, using a
    three-in-one commode
  • Leave bathroom door open and the light on, so the toilet is visible
    Install a sensor, so the light will turn on when someone enters the
    bathroom
  • Put nightlights in the bedroom, corridor and bathroom
  • Paint the bathroom door a bright color or put an sign on the door
  • Make sure the hallway leading to the bathroom is free of clutter
  • Make sure the bathroom has only the essential items
  • Avoid all external noise to prevent distractions

 Products that make the bathroom a safer and more accessible environment:

  • Raised toilet seats with or without safety arms
  • Safety frames
  • Three-in-one commodes
  • Bedside commodes
  • Grab bars
  • Assist poles

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