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Incontinence care is a critical component of caring for residents in long term care and skilled nursing facilities, as well as home care patients, and yet, incontinence presents unique challenges for caregivers.
These resources are aimed at helping you better understand incontinence care, from choosing the best products for your residents and patients to properly sizing and applying those products.
Many residents in long term care and skilled nursing facilities have some level of incontinence, which, if not thoroughly managed, may affect quality measures and lead to negative outcomes, including unnecessary hospitalizations and heightened regulatory oversight.
CMS outlines guidelines and interventions for effective incontinence care, including accurate assessment and care planning, as well as the consistent implementation, monitoring and possible revision of the care plan for better effectiveness. CMS states that it is important to record and evaluate specific information such as frequency and times of incontinence/toileting and resident response to specific interventions when determining progress, changes or decline in incontinence.1
In addition to these interventions, effective incontinence management and care requires an ongoing, facility-wide commitment to preventing incontinence-associated skin breakdown, providing resident comfort, identifying and addressing barriers to continence, and addressing any misconceptions that residents, families and staff may have about incontinence.
How do you know which incontinence products are best for patients and residents? There are a variety of factors to consider to best meet patients’ needs, from incontinence level and absorption to activity and mobility level. Here are the top eight things you should consider when making incontinence product choices.Read Article
Urinary incontinence can happen to people of all ages but is more common in older people2, with more than 50% of people aged 65 and older experiencing at least some level of urinary incontinence3. To gain a better understanding of urinary incontinence, it’s important to understand the various types of incontinence your patients could be experiencing.Read Article
Equally important to understanding your patients’ incontinence levels and needs is knowing the various types of incontinence products available. This incontinence product guide explores common characteristics of liners, pads, guards, belted shields, pants systems, protective underwear, fitted briefs and underpads.Read Article
Now that you’ve assessed your patient’s incontinence needs and chosen an appropriate product, it’s time to choose a proper size for the best fit and apply. These basic steps walk you through sizing your patient and applying incontinence briefs.Read Article