"The patient is angry about the dementia diagnosis."
"The patient is losing sphincter control due to the dementia."
"The patient forgets where the bathroom is located due to the dementia."
"The patient wants to leave the hospital."
Speak with the patient's family about food choices.
Establish a bowel and bladder program for the patient.
Speak with the patient about past elimination habits.
Establish a bedtime ritual for the patient.
"Anesthesia during surgery and pain medication after surgery may slow peristalsis in the bowel."
"Some people have a slower bowel than others, and this is nothing to be concerned about."
"The foods you eat contribute to peristalsis, so you should eat more fiber in your diet."
"Bowel peristalsis is slow because you are not walking. Get more exercise during the day."
Blood, urea, and nitrogen (BUN) testing
Occult blood testing