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How do we control Dad's grunting and strange bathroom habits?

2 answers | Last updated: Nov 05, 2012
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A social worker and geriatric consultant who specializes in dementia care, Joyce Simard is based in Land O' Lakes, Florida, and in Prague. She...

You and your mother are going to need a lot of patience with these problems. He has a dementing illness that is incurable and is effecting his brain. His short See also:
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term memory is severely effected. He is unable to remember what you are telling him about his bathroom habits. It appears that keeping the trash can in the bathroom and emptying it after he has used the bathroom is the best idea for his situation.

As for the grunting and groaning, has he been evaluated for pain? Might he be uncomfortable? Call his physician to see if giving him a regular dose of some over-the-counter pain medication would be safe. If it is, give him the medication on a regular basis for a week to see if their is any change in this habit.

If he can still eat and is not in any danger of chocking, something soft and sweet to suck on may be helpful. If he enjoys music, earphones playing his favorite music might be helpful.

Let us know if any of these suggestions work as I'm sure others are facing similar concerns.

Best of luck!


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

My dad is 88, soon to be 89. He still drives but does have a bit of confussion. He is on alziemers pills and a supplement called Acetyl L. (it works) In the past 2 years he started grunting. It use to be once in a while or when he didn't like something. Now he like, grunts and hums at the same time. We tell he all the time. He'll stop some times for a bit, but then it starts again....We do get quite anoined at times...Its not always easy...good luck