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Researchers develop continence assessment tools for care homes

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Researchers in Australia have developed a suite of evidence-based continence assessment tools and an accompanying educational resource for use in older people’s care homes.

The tools address urinary and faecal incontinence and other bladder and bowel symptoms.

They also include a number of cues to help staff assess and manage residents’ continence care needs and refer as needed.

An evaluation of the tools conducted in 18 residential aged care facilities revealed that staff members found the tools helpful, clear, simple and user-friendly.

 

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