Incontinence – a treatable symptom

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Urinary incontinence is a major problem in nursing and residential homes. Linda Nazarko outlines the causes of incontinence, and strategies for management and prevention. In nursing homes, more than 60% of residents have continence problems. In residential homes, more than 40% of residents suffer urinary incontinence. Recent research by Counsel and Care shows that staff in registered homes spend half their time taking patients to the toilet. This is often ineffective and can make continence problems worse. Why do older people become incontinent? The rate of incontinence rises with age. Researchers have found that 45% of 85-year-old women and 25% of 85-year-old men living at home suffer from incontinence. Age affects the urinary system and makes it more difficult for older people to remain continent. The kidneys become less efficient at concentrating urine so older people produce more urine, especially at night. The bladder muscle contracts and expands in all directions. The bladder becomes less stretchy in o

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