Incontinence can be an incredibly distressing experience for a resident. They might feel embarrassed, frustrated and even angry with themselves. After all, incontinence is seen as a loss of control - we are trained to know and recognise when we need to visit the bathroom from a young age - so it is totally normal and understandable to feel all these emotions.
Help improve the quality of life of residents
The right treatment and management can help care staff better plan their time, avoid handling leakages, unplanned washing of residents, reduce laundry and reduce skin breakdown.
Can bowel incontinence be prevented?
There are a few simple things that can be done to prevent faecal incontinence. It is important to know what the bowel incontinence is caused by to know the best treatment options. Diet changes, drinking enough fluids. Being physically active and practising good toilet and eating habits are some examples.
Dehydration can cause constipation and/or bladder irritation
- Ensure that your residents drink enough fluid during the day.
- More fluids should be drunk in hot weather or after exercise/physical therapy.
Are the residents drinking enough fluid? Well hydrated urine will be pale yellow. Small amounts and dark urine could be one indication that not enough fluids have been drunk.