The psychosocial implications of incontinence are huge; often resulting in people becoming afraid to leave their home because they are worried that they will not be able to find a toilet and are fearful of being incontinent. This in turn, can lead to loss of mobility and depression. Incontinence is also known to be a cause of falls in older people.
Understanding the complex nature of incontinence in older people – and how to undertake a comprehensive and holistic assessment to identify the root of their incontinence – is one of the biggest challenges amongst doctors, nurses and carers.
Back in October Nursingtimes.net, the website of leading weekly magazine for nurses in the UK, published a detailed guide to assessing bladder function and urinary incontinence in older people.
The guide provides an overview of the causes of urinary incontinence in older people and the psychological factors that need to be taken into account when assessing and treating the condition within elderly sufferers.
Proving that a holistic assessment by a well-trained nurse or carer with a good understanding of the complex nature of incontinence in older people can result in a cure or improvement of their incontinence.