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Alzheimer's & Dementia
Kitchen & Dining
Living Room - Any Room
Smart Home
Outdoors - Wandering

Sink - Clogging

Loss of housekeeping skills & judgment
Trapped food & grease
"Hidden" objects

Things to Try
New strainer
Mat to "hide" drain if used as a hiding place

How to Unclog a Sink

See also: Hoarding

At some point in the disease progression, the person will be unable to engage in simple household chores. Washing dishes and removing food scraps from the sink – ordinary tasks that we take for granted, will become unmanageable.

Consequently, you may encounter plumbing problems from trapped food or grease. Or sink strainers may be missing or broken. And due to impaired judgment, objects may be hidden in the drain for "safekeeping."

Here are some things you can do:
  • Buy or replace a strainer. Some drop[?] over the existing drain, and some require tools to install. Check with your local home or hardware store.

  • For the sink, use an opaque sink mat with holes to cover the drain, if it's being used as a hiding place. For some individuals, if the drain is hidden from their view, they will forget it's there.

  • If the person is living alone or with a frail family member, you will need to hire a housekeeper. Click on the housekeeper link for tips on introducing home services if the person is resistant.

  • You may need to hire a plumber, or – if you're handy – learn how to unclog a sink.
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