My mother goes through paper products like crazy. She fills 2 waste cans a day with paper and she doesn't have a cold or sinus problem. One week we went thru 20,000 yes I said 20 thousand sheets of toilet paper. For 3 people. She uses close to a box of tissues a day. We have stopped keeping toilet paper in our bathroom. My mother has to take her own roll when she goes and so do we now. She still uses a thousand sheet roll herself a day. anyone else go through this? We only put paper in the bathroom when we have company now.
She'll use the paper towel sheets like napkins throughout the day. It just creates so much waste. I HOPE I can just give her a fresh face-towel daily and that will keep her happy.
My other issue is that my Mom gets MAD when you try to clean up her tissues. She'll cry out that "Those are clean!" "I need those!" And while it's unsightly, I don't want to make her angry or depressed. On one hand, it's not the end of the world... (She hasn't clogged any toilets yet so that's a plus... But my brother has complained that he once spent a FORTUNE resupplying her paper towel addiction for months.)
I wonder if I can reason with her and just provide a stack of washable towels I can just throw into the wash weekly. Perhaps there's a place I can just order a bunch for a $1 each or something? (IKEA maybe?)
This is tough!! Everyone here has my sympathy & love.
With Mom, her favorite place is the kitchen. She loves to wash dishes, and that makes sense because she feels comfortable doing it. It's something she's in control of. I think that she can SEE the paper towels and goes for them because she doesn't remember to look for kitchen towels and dish cloths. Plus, she's a Depression-era baby. She was always kind of a don't-throw-that-away-I-can-use-that-for-something person.
Years ago, my mom took care of a neighbor with AZ, and her favorite thing was folding a laundry basket of wash cloths, then when the basket was finished, Mom would shake them all out, and Ms. Zola would start folding again.
Good luck to you!
As mentioned here, it sounds like you have it under control so just keep locking up the excess and maybe even try only giving her no more then she absolutely needs when she actually goes to the bathroom if she's living with you. Other than that, I don't let her have any if she's going to waste it.
Another thought is if she happens to be living with you and she's plugging up the toilet with her wasteful habits, deduct it from her Social Security check and make her pay for the service to your line since she's the one plugging it up. If she's going to insist on wasting paper products and flushing it down the drain and filling up your trash, then she can pay for the excess paper she's using, the service needed to unplug the sewer line and the extra trash bags out of her check. If she's going to waste it then she can pay for it
I know someone will complain when it happens even though the law allows her to be accompanied.
We did have one experience with that when I was working and the lady slipped and paramedics had to be called. Security tried to regulate it after that and it failed.
All i can say is the if someone has chronics explosive diarrhea it does take a lot of TP to get cleaned up'
If the loved one will use a wash cloth buy a pile of identicle ones and leave a wet one where he/she can easily reach it. Remove after use and soak as a diaper and wash appropriately.
A bidet may also work if that is a possibility. Sometimes it may be necessary to pop the loved one in the shower if agreeable.
The most important thing is to make sure the loved one is carefully cleaned up. If fecal matter is left on the skin the anal area becomes macerated which is painful and itchy, hence the hands just have to get into the diaper for a good scratch. Use of a barrier cream will help and that famous ointment for hemorrhoids does help with the itching.
Nothing to do with overuse of TP but it is important with females to watch out for thrush which is also incredibly itchy.
If this was my poor mom's only problem, I would be thankful. I have to see her suffering so much and it's breaking my heart, to say the least. Wish paper issue was the problem
but have so many more!!!!!!!!
Sorry if I sounded harsh. I'm just going through so much