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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 11/29/11
Help! My mom has lived with me for eight years. She has "severe dementia" now. In the past three weeks, she has started going to the bathroom (urinating and bowel moving) at least 25 times a day. She has a lot of bowel accidents and it makes a huge mess several times a day. We use incontinence underwear. Mom is blind in one eye and can't see well in the other eye. She can't hear well, but can hear. We have to scrub her hands with a brush after every bowel movement if she gets there before I do. I AM COMPLETELY WORN OUT. Is it normal for "severe dementia" patients to go to the bathroom 25 times a day?

 

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