The team at Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow helped to raise awareness of incontinence as part of World Continence week.
Incontinence is the unwanted and involuntary leakage of urine or stool. Incontinence is a sensitive condition that affects an estimated 400 million people across the world. Historically, conditions affecting the bladder and bowel have often been uncomfortable or "taboo" subjects and accordingly these medical disorders have been underreported and under-diagnosed.
Surveys have shown that fewer than 40% of persons with urinary incontinence mention their problem to a doctor or nurse and this figure is even higher for those with bowel incontinence. These conditions have been inadequately treated and poorly addressed by medical professionals, despite the substantial impact on individual health, self-esteem and quality of life.
Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We wanted to raise awareness of this issue with the whole team, as incontinence is something we encounter. By providing information sessions about conditions that lead to incontinence we’re hoping to give those who suffer from it the confidence to seek help and improve their quality of life. No one should have to suffer through this alone.”
Date published: 15 September 2017
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