A Universal Issue
One of the most common complaints I hear from caregivers about men- men who may or may not have dementia- is that they frequently miss the toilet when urinating, and even the best potty seat and chair doesn’t seem to help.
This can result in some splashing on the seat (inconvenient, unpleasant) or in a large puddle on the floor (slip hazard, sticky shoes). Wet bathroom floors are a big contributor to falls.
Caregivers around the world cry,“Why won’t he just sit?”. Anatomically speaking, standing is just the most natural position.
In the presence of dementia, sometimes verbal reminders are just not enough to keep the urine stream aimed at the toilet bowl. In fact, sometimes men urinate into corners, garbage cans, or potted plants- seemingly aiming at something. This issue can be a real challenge for caregivers.
Because it is highly unlikely that someone in the middle stage of dementia can learn a new technique (i.e. sitting on the toilet to urinate), modifications to the environment that may improve “aim” is usually the best course of action.
Brighten It Up
Adding contrast to the water against the white toilet bowl by placing a hanging toilet bowl cleaner in the tank provides a much brighter target.
Darken It Up
Other contrasts might include a darker toilet seat or even painting the walls around the toilet a darker or brighter color so that the toilet stands out.
Men (and boys) love a good target. It brings out their competitive spirit. This is the Bowlseys. It’s symbolism taps into an innate desire to “win”. And if he wins, everybody wins.
Ditto for the LED Toilet Seat Light. A cautionary note: green means “go”. Keep the seat up for the red bullseye projection.
Glow the Bowl
This seat is hard to miss. It may look more like a futuristic flying saucer than a toilet seat, but it’s at least a curiosity that will draw attention to the right location. Available at NightGlow.
Be on the lookout for frequent urination or a change in mental status that may be related to a medical issue such as a urinary tract infection or prostate problems. Do not discourage fluids as a way of controlling the water works- proper hydration is imperative. A well lit path to bathroom, free from clutter or distractions, is also helpful.
For these and other Toilet Target products, check out the Dementia Queen Store on Amazon.