Mom is in the middle stages or early late stage of Alzheimer's. she has been having chronic problems with having a bowel movement. Her doctor has her on a stool softener, and we also give her prune juice every other day, so her stools are not hard, but she is having trouble pushing them out. Has anyone else faced this problem? If so, have you found a solution?View Thread
Mom eats very little, just cereal, snacks, and occasionally a piece of fish, with us supplementing her diet with Boost with fiber daily. We still give her fruits and vegetables, but she seldom will eat them. We are trying to avoid putting in a feeding tube, at least for as long as she is able to drink nutritional drinks such as Boost or Ensure, because the danger of her pulling out the feeding tube is very high.
Keeping her from getting dehydrated is a constant battle (she hates drinking water), but we force her to drink a cup full every time she takes meds (5 times a day) and remind her to drink more during the day.
I've talked with her doctor, and she said she didn't know anything that would help other than the things we're already doing. Mom had a very bad day the day I posted the question, but was doing better the next day. The problem seems to be related to her muscle control, so we're not sure there's anything to do to beyond what we're already doing. I was wondering if anyone else had faced a similar situation and come up with a solution that her doctor, therapists, and family members haven't considered.View Thread