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Topic: Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
2014-05-25 18:33:38
MissingMom Posts: 11
Joined: 2014-03-09
UTI's are also an ongoing problem & it has always been a battle to get them to get a sample & get it in. It is very easy to tell with Mom that she has a UTI because she gets cranky & harder to manage. Normally she is very pleasant & easy going. Yet I have to keep requesting a sample be obtained & sent in. Sometimes it takes several requests.

This shouldn't be ignored. They should know by now what symptoms display if a UTI is present with a resident & should be on top of it without the family caregiver having to consistently ask to have it done. It worries me about what is happening with residents who don't have someone to keep on top of this for them?

More frequent trips to the bathroom & more underwear changes need to be done as well. On several occasions I have walked in & found Mom absolutey soaked & sometimes soiled & worry about how long she may have been sitting there like that. Mom is unable to go to the bathroom on her own & they know it. Nor does she have the mindset to press the bell if she needs to go. So I can only conclude that this is a lot of the reason for multiple UTI's. But complaining doesn't seem to change anything.

2014-05-25 18:33:38
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
Joined: 0000-00-00
COMMENT BY DAWN G (Posted in Long Term Care Discussion Thread):

DawnG: I had a similar experience (reluctance to treat a UTI) when Mom was living in a senior's residence and seeing her primary care dr .... when Mom would get 'loopy' that was always a clear sign. The first few times the dr prescribed meds which sorted things out fast, but subsequent infections he informed me that he wouldn't be treating any longer, and sent us on our way to deal with it on our own (Mom with the symptoms and caregivers with the (more) irrational behaviour. Thanks a lot, Doc! ) Luckily the LTC home Mom is now living in has not adopted that policy ... they treat her as required.

2014-05-25 18:48:48
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
Joined: 0000-00-00
I have experienced this a bit with my Mom too - there is a fear of over treating UTI's - but from my perspective, if you have an infection that is making you paranoid, angry and trying to run away, I would think responding to the behaviours would take a bigger priority.
Thanks for sharing!

2014-05-25 18:49:36