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OldManBedWalker_shutterstock_350506862_smallDear Carol: My dad has had Alzheimer’s for seven years and is currently in the later stages. We looked at memory care but it’s not great in our community, so we reconfigured our home and have kept him with us. We use in-home care, so I get breaks and it’s working out okay. What gets me is the whole sheet-changing routine that goes on every morning – and sometimes during the night - because of Dad's incontinence. he wears a nighttime diaper, but they all seem to leak. It's exhausting. Dad can walk with assistance but just getting him up and walking seems to bring on the urine flow, so even if we could catch him before he lets go, he doesn’t make it to the bathroom. In fact, it’s almost worse than just letting him go while he’s in bed because then I have to clean the carpet, too. What do I do? – Washer Woman

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