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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.

Contents include

  • Definitions
  • Prevalence
  • Attitudes to incontinence
  • Incontinence in residential care
  • Types and causes of incontinence
  • Assessment and management
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, BN, GradDip (Advanced Nursing, Primary Health Care, Women's Health), Promoting Continence Course Graduate (Royal District Nursing Service, Melbourne).
Keren Day is a continence nurse consultant with more than 15 years experience. She is currently working at Ballarat Health Services (Victoria, Australia) in a regional, community based, multidisciplinary continence service. Her experience includes management of a community-nursing service, coordination of the Victorian Continence Resource Centre, and the establishment of a new multidisciplinary continence service. Keren has been involved in government working committees to develop continence services at both state and federal levels. More recently she has undertaken clinical research in the ob...

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