5 Bathroom Helpers for People With Moderate Dementia
Several simple measures can make going to the bathroom at night a safer, easier experience for someone with mild dementia:
- Start by making sure the path to the toilet is clear. Remove small tables, rugs, and baskets along the path from bed to bath, including in the hallway.
- Try using regularly spaced nightlights to guide the path.
- Another option, if you lack sufficient outlets, is to run a string of lights (like Christmas-tree lights or party lights) to lead the way from bedroom to bathroom.
- Install a lighting option that's not visible by day: reflector tape used with motion-activated nightlights that plug into a hall socket and light up only as you walk past (about $15 at hardware stores).
- To make seeing the toilet easier: Older men hit their mark better when the commode is a contrasting color from the surrounding walls. So if yours are both, say, white, consider investing $10 in a can of paint in a deep, warm color for the wall behind the tank.
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