Eighty-six-year-old Mr. E lives with his daughter andher family. His bedroom is on the first floor of their two-storyhome with a bathroom a short distance from his room. The familymembers pass by Mr. E’s bedroom on a regular basis and have noticeda strong urine odor coming from the room. Mr. E has no cognitiveimpairments, fulfills his activities of daily living independently,and, as has always been his pattern, conducts himself in a propermanner.
Mr. E has never mentioned any problem with elimination and, becausehe launders his own linens and takes care of his own room, thefamily cannot determine if he is wetting the bed.
What are some of the challenges of this situation?
What advice could you offer the family in approaching this issuewith Mr E