Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello and welcome to week 6 of your Understanding Continence Promotion course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. Last week you looked at comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment and the importance of accurate assessment in making a diagnosis of the type of bladder or bowel dysfunction. This week you’ll take a more detailed look at continence promotion in practice, and what types of activities this includes. You will explore the idea of people self-managing their bladder and bowel conditions with support from services. And think about - what this might involve for them? You’ll look at the simple lifestyle changes that people can make.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsAnd, we’ll also explore some specific behavioural interventions that can help people to take control of their continence instead of it controlling them. Finally this week you’ll explore other forms of treatment to promote continence including electrical stimulation. And you’ll investigate a case study about a programme to promote continence in people with dementia that has recently been developed in Scotland. I hope you enjoy the week, and use it to reflect on and develop your own continence practice. Very best of luck!

Welcome to week 6

This week you will focus on continence promotion in practice. You will explore the idea of people self-managing their bladder and bowel condition with support from services and you’ll look at simple lifestyle changes that people can make.

In this video, Janice Reid, Clinical Lead, Western Trust Continence Advisory Services, Northern Ireland, welcomes you to week 6.

You’ll start this week by discovering ways to empower people to self-manage their own bladder and bowel health by acquiring evidence-based knowledge about their situation.

You’ll also discover the evidence for behavioural interventions including pelvic floor muscle exercise and bladder training and you’ll find out how toileting assistance programmes (TAPs) provided by carers can help people to avoid or reduce incontinence.

You’ll also explore how different types of electrical stimulation can be used to promote continence through either stimulation of striated muscles or neuromodulation.

Finally, you’ll discover why and how to promotion continence in people with dementia and with other long-term conditions and you’ll explore a range of perspectives.

Don’t forget to capture your thinking in your learning log or portfolio as you work through this week’s content.

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

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