How long does a UTI take to heal for a 96 year old woman?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 16, 2016
Nora clark asked...

My mom is 96 this July and she has a urinary tract infection. She has had it a week now and she is sleeping constantly where we can hardly get her to answer. Is this normal? And how long does it last?

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

I agree with Sho B's answer. She needs to be evaluated by her health care provider to make sure she is not dehydrated, having problems with her antibiotic or other medications, or having some other problem. She may be so sleepy she is not eating or drinking enough. Many elders who are sick will develop a hypoactive delirium, which can make someone sleep all the time. Last thought I have is that there also may be the possibility that the UTI wasn't really the problem, and that something else is going on. Again, follow up with the health care provider is needed.

Community Answers

Sho b answered...

Hello Nora, Thank you for sharing your caregiving question with our community.'s Senior Editor and Gerontologist, Leslie Kernisan, M.D. explains UTI's in older adults in the FAQ "What Are the Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults?" and says, "Consider the case even more urgent if you notice new or worsened confusion or drowsiness and decreased responsiveness. This probably is delirium, a more critical situation: Bring the person in to get urgent medical care without delay."

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Kind regards, Sho of the Community Team