Quality of Life, Cost Effectiveness and Independence
Women and men can experience temporary or long-term challenges with continence. This may include incontinence of bladder and/or bowels, leading to embarrassment, skin conditions and financial burden that will ultimately reduce quality of life.
Our NSWOCs complete a focused assessment and a limited physical examination (COVID-19 depending) to help identify the causes of, and factors contributing to, urinary and fecal incontinence. Symptoms can often be alleviated by determining the underlying cause.
Patients may be asked to keep fluid and voiding diaries for a week to two, in order to inform this assessment.
Supporting the patient to regain control over their bladder or bowel incontinence through specific strategies:
Pelvic floor muscle exercise training
Dietary review and modifications
There are many incontinence products on the market that vary in effectiveness, style and cost. Selecting the right product can improve quality of life and reduce costs.
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