Jul 22, 2015

My mother Greatly Fears falling into the toilet

I read the words below in Dementia Aware on Facebook. The words were in response to the article - 
Alzheimer's, Dementia and the Dreaded Bowel Movement

My mother Greatly Fears falling into the toilet
My mother Greatly Fears falling into the toilet, subsequently, all required use is difficult. Can't overcome it-yet.

My initial response was to suggest that the caregiver consider painting the toilet seat red, and to change the color of the water to blue.

First, dementia patients don't see white well. I extrapolated this from the article - How to Get an Alzheimer's Patient to Eat More Food.

The study found that --  patients eating from red plates consumed 25 percent more food than those eating from white plates. So red sounded like a good idea.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Second, I suggested that she consider changing the color of the water in the toilet from clear to blue. 

I extrapolated this from a previous article I wrote - Is Water Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients?

Maybe her mother thinks she is going to fall into the water, or a deep hole.

Have you experienced a problem similar to this?

Can you suggest a solution to this problem?

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Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,900 articles and 368,000 links. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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