Factors affecting the person's ability to cope with their bladder function

A number of factors unrelated to the person’s bladder may affect their continence and ability to cope.

factors affecting a person's ability to cope with their bladder function

Figure 3.5: Factors affecting a person’s ability to cope with their bladder function.

These may include:

  • Mobility - footwear, distance to toilet, ability and speed of walking, balance, confidence, pain, joint movement, use of walking aids
  • Dexterity - ability to dress, undress, wipe, wash and dry hands, flush toilet, open/close doors
  • Environmental - steps and stairs, floor surface, cleanliness of toilet, smell, access, ability to reach light switch, toilet paper
  • Eyesight – partial sight loss, level of lighting, toilet signage
  • Mental Function – level of understanding, awareness of sensations, signage, communication skills
  • Emotions – motivation, confidence, desire
  • Carers – attitude, availability, willingness to assist, understanding, kindness, empathy, compassion

Your task

What types of support can help a person to use a toilet appropriately? To promote continence, not incontinence?

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Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults

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