A continence assessment is a detailed assessment:
This helps the health care professional to find out what's causing the continence issues and what's the best way to treat it.
There are many different things that can cause problems with passing urine and faeces. Some people can be cured with the right treatment. For other people, the problem may not be able to be cured but can be better managed.
A continence assessment may not be finished in a single visit. Information may need to be gathered about the person's health, symptoms, normal bladder and bowel habits, and what help they need. This information will need to be collected by everybody who helps to support the person. This includes the person themselves, their family, support workers, their general practitioner (GP) or other health care professional, such a physiotherapist and occupational therapist.
Once all the information is collected, the person doing the assessment can diagnose the issues and write a continence care plan.
The information collected for a continence assessment can include:
Everyone involved in supporting the person, including the person themselves, provides information to help complete the assessment.
A health care professional with extra training and knowledge about normal bladder and bowel function, as well as the management of incontinence, completes the detailed assessment.
This could be:
Call the National Continence Helpline 18OO 33 OO 66 for information on local continence services who can help.
Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence nurse advisor.
A continence assessment:
A suitable person to do a continence assessment is:
A continence assessment may include:
A support worker may help with the assessment by:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.