Incontinence in Aged Care Environments
Incontinence is frequently encountered by nurses and personal carers, particularly in aged care. Cleaning up the mess and keeping a person comfortable is certainly an important part of the nurses’ and carers’ role, however, it is also important to understand what incontinence is, who it affects, why it happens and what can be done about it. Understanding these issues, and implementing effective management plans can show that it is possible to improve, and even cure, a person’s incontinence problem. In some cases, incontinence can even be prevented. This chapter reviews the prevalence and causes of incontinence, and suggests how effective assessment can lead to a range of management options that can significantly improve the quality of life of the incontinent older person.
- Attitudes to incontinence
- Incontinence in residential care
- Types and causes of incontinence
- Assessment and management