Users' questions

How do I get a continence assessment?

How do I get a continence assessment?

Contact your local NHS continence service or clinic for a location in your area and check if you need to be referred by your doctor. A specialist nurse may need to assess if you are eligible and will then arrange your supply of products.

What does a continence assessment involve?

The purpose of a continence assessment is to help identify the causes of, and factors contributing to, urinary and faecal symptoms. In most cases, these can be alleviated or eliminated by identifying and treating the underlying causes.

How long does a continence assessment take?

Three days is the average time that it takes to identify residents’ bladder patterns. Some residents may need a longer period of monitoring.

Can an OT do a continence assessment?

What is an OT Assessment? When a third party is funding a product or service, best practice requires an Occupational Therapist to assess the client. If continence support is identified, the OT can refer client to programs and or products to support care and independence.

Who does a continence assessment?

continence assessment An assessment by a continence nurse advisor, GP or registered nurse to investigate the reasons why someone has bladder and/or bowel control problems.

What is the difference between continence and incontinence?

Continence is the ability to control your bladder and bowel. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and bowel control.

Do occupational therapists help with incontinence?

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists can play a major role in improving self-care skills that contribute to incontinence. Occupational therapists (OTs) help patients manage clothing snags (buttons, zippers) that may prevent patients from reaching the toilet in time.

How do you fix incontinence?

For many people with urinary incontinence, the following self-help tips and lifestyle changes are enough to relieve symptoms.

  1. Do daily pelvic floor exercises.
  2. Stop smoking.
  3. Do the right exercises.
  4. Avoid lifting.
  5. Lose excess weight.
  6. Treat constipation promptly.
  7. Cut down on caffeine.
  8. Cut down on alcohol.