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People with dementia need a carefully planned environment

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Colin McDonald, Charge nurse/trainer in dementia, University of Sterling, challenged delegates at the ACA conference to think about the continence needs of people with dementia.

Mr McDonald told delegates that aggression and agitation associated with elimination may simply be due to an inability to find or get to the toilet.

He cited examples where people with dementia interpret a shiny floor as ice or water and this acts as a barrier to walking to the toilet.

He asked delegates to consider whether toilets had simple, clear signs at the correct height, and recommended using strongly contracting colours for toilet signs as well as symbols and text and fixing signs on the toilet door and not beside it.

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