It is important to remember that everyone with incontinence problems should be assessed by a doctor or a continence nurse adviser. This assessment will help you as a carer to manage the incontinence problems with the person you are caring for.
A continence assessment will include both of you visiting a continence professional. It is important to let the person you are caring for tell their own story where possible. You or the person you are caring for will be asked to fill out a chart to show when they pass urine or have a bowel action. A physical examination is likely as this will let the professional know what kind of continence problem the person you are caring for has.
Once the type and causes of the problems being experienced by the person is identified, the continence nurse advisor will then tailor an individual management strategy.
The sorts of questions that will be asked during a continence assessment include:
You or the person you are caring for will be asked to fill out a chart to show when they pass urine or have a bowel action. The diaries below will help you keep track of frequency of toilet use.