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Help to stop my mother blocking the sink drain

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GracesGranMK2 Sat 07-Jan-17 22:42:56

My mother is 96, has very little sight and has Alzheimer's. We have just had to unblock the sink again as she tends to let food go down the drain. I could put a sink strainer in but I wonder if there is one that is difficult to remove - otherwise I am likely to find it in the bin. Is there anything else that can be done?

We had to put a new lock on her front door and I found out that you could get a lock which can be opened from the outside even if the keys are in. This was brilliant as she doesn't recognise her keys if they are out of the door so - quite reasonably - she leaves them in but that led to the police having to break in when she had a TIA. I am hoping to find there is something for drains that I don't yet know about - I am going to get a plumber out but it would help if I could make some suggestions.

tiggypiro Sat 07-Jan-17 23:00:56

Sorry I don't have an answer for the sink problem but I do wish I had known about the lock. My mother used to keep the key in the lock which meant no one could get in if she had decided to lock it.

Anya Sat 07-Jan-17 23:05:43

Oh dear. I think you have a bigger problem than sink drains.

GracesGranMK2 Sat 07-Jan-17 23:06:25

I thought it was worth mentioning tiggypiro as, with these things, the problem is often what you don't know you don't know.

Jalima Sat 07-Jan-17 23:11:08

Oh dear; the old lady next door used to be constantly calling my father over to unblock the sink for her. We think she poured fat down it though.
Our shower has a strainer in the drain which is very difficult to get out but the plumbers fitted it so not sure where it came from. It has to be turned and lifted and I have to get DH to do it.

The lock is something worth remembering, thanks.

GracesGranMK2 Sat 07-Jan-17 23:16:41

I do Anya, but mum has coped very well up till now with me and a daily visit from carers for her meds to help. We are getting to the stage where she may not be able to do her meals - so far she has been having a Wiltshire Farm Food meal at lunch and in the evening (she doesn't like change). She loves to think she is in control although I do all the stuff in the background to keep things going but thankfully, she doesn't really register that she isn't doing it any more. Just occasionally she gets very frustrated and can be quite angry but mostly she is not unhappy. I am not sure if you would say it was lucky or not but she doesn't have much mobility and, while she can get around with her trolley inside she doesn't seem to want to go outside.

She seemed to use a lot of energy just 'being there' when my son and family came over last summer and has seemed very old, and very tired since but she is a blessing in our lives even with all the things she has to cope with.

GracesGranMK2 Sat 07-Jan-17 23:18:39

Jalima I think I have found something like your shower trap. It's not removable but that is better than mum taking it out and throwing it away. Here

Hilltopgran Sun 08-Jan-17 00:57:56

My Mum used to cook dog meat and portable fat down the drain, she could not remember that it would solidify and block, we put a drain unblocking product down frequently to keep it clear.
The lock solutions seems very useful, thanks for posting.

absent Sun 08-Jan-17 04:21:08

I can't help but I do remember that my cousin bought a house with elderly lady tenants in the basement. They frequently blocked the lavatory with tea leaves and sundry vegetables and, on one occasion, with a Wellington boot.

Anya Sun 08-Jan-17 09:24:04

Welcome back GG and I have every sympathy for those who are trying to help elderly parents maintain some degree of dignity and independence.

grannypiper Sun 08-Jan-17 10:14:19

Anya on ebay the have a star shaped silicon sink strainer with suction pads(try saying that in a hurry) they come in all colours and are really cheap

Jalima Sun 08-Jan-17 10:20:43

The plumber may have some good suggestions about the drain.
Is the link to the American site GG?

A Wellington boot? shock

TriciaF Sun 08-Jan-17 10:30:37

What about one of these?
They might be expensive though.

M0nica Sun 08-Jan-17 14:22:09

Waste disposal system fitted to waste pipe.

Oh, just noticed that TriciaF has suggested it

GracesGranMK2 Sun 08-Jan-17 14:51:44

Jalima I hadn't noticed it was .com instead of the one. I will wait 'till I have talked to the plumber I think - unless someone comes up with a bright idea.

Oh - just read on about the waste disposal system. Off to do my research smile

My next bit after this is to chase the 'system' to see if we can have a wheelchair on loan. We do borrow one from a scheme in town from time to time but I think we need one more frequently now.

Jalima Sun 08-Jan-17 15:02:42

I was told that the Red Cross lend wheelchairs when I needed one on a temporary basis, but when we enquired they charge £1 per day. Could you find a 2nd hand one in good condition?

shysal Sun 08-Jan-17 16:12:40

GracesgranMK2. Here is a link to the sink strainers with suction caps as described by grannypiper, from an English seller. You may need to have a few in case of accidental unsticking and binning! Only £1.79 each though!

SueDonim Sun 08-Jan-17 16:15:05

Wheelchairs are not expensive to buy, as I found out when I broke my leg. There are several different ones here starting at less than £55.

downtoearth Sun 08-Jan-17 16:33:12

And you can claim VAT back for.having a disability

yogagran Sun 08-Jan-17 17:04:54

One problem that you could have if you change to a waste disposal unit is that your mother would possibly put dishcloths, spoons etc down it (it is quite a large sink hole) and therefore make the problem worse!

yogagran Sun 08-Jan-17 17:28:03

And fat would still go down a waste disposal too