How to Get Rid of the Urine Smell When Incontinence Accidents Happen
Dear Carol: I feel like my home is becoming contaminated territory! My Dad is a sweetheart, but he’s got dementia and has developed incontinence. He can really flood a diaper and isn’t great about changing under the best of conditions. I know this isn’t his fault, so I don’t think I let my frustration show, but it’s hard. I don’t mind doing laundry. I don’t mind the constant checking to try to get him to change diapers. I’m grateful that he never resists my efforts, as so many others do. But no matter what I do, there are accidents, and once pee gets into clothing and bedding it’s just so hard to get rid of the smell. Do you have any recommendations about how to handle this? – PA
Dear PA: You sound like a compassionate, loving daughter and your dad sounds like a real gem, so you’re fortunate to have each other.
Incontinence accidents can happen for anyone with this health challenge, but when a person lives with dementia, preventing them is going to be a bigger problem, as you’re experiencing. Since I hear from a lot of caregivers and follow many groups as well, I have gleaned some tips that might help you, so let’s start with those:
First, of course, are the commercial urine removers. Many people like these and with time, find their favorites. They tend to use enzymes to cut through the smell.
Tip: Try to get the urine out before the smell is “baked in” from using the dryer. Repeated washings can usually still get out this baked-in smell, but it’s more difficult than if you catch it early.
For a more home-based approach, caregivers have found that they like the following products and procedures…
Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “For anyone having to walk the last segments of life with a loved one, read this.” …Delores
Discover the Difference. EGOSAN – the Top-Rated incontinence brand from Italy. Now Available on Amazon.