Continence Assessment

Continence Assessment

It is Most important to recall that everyone with incontinence problems should be assessed by a continence health professional. Philips home care provides core support and continence assessment services for NDIS participants throughout Australia.

Safe and effective continence assessment and Phome care is an integral part of helping people maintain their independence. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Over 5 million Australians are affected by incontinence, affecting both men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

Incontinence is the term used to describe the loss of control of your bladder or bowel, or both. Being aware of bodily sensations such as feelings of having a full bladder, or memory of how, when and where to respond is one of the first ways to regain control. Many people feel too embarrassed to discuss incontinence, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone and that it can be managed, treated and in many cases cured.

Continence Nurse Assessment

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Continence nurse assessment plays a pivotal role in this process, serving as a comprehensive evaluation tool to identify, manage, and treat urinary and fecal incontinence. This specialized form of nursing assessment encompasses a multifaceted approach, considering various factors contributing to continence issues and tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of each patient

At the heart of continence nurse assessment lies a deep understanding of the physiological, psychological, and social aspects influencing continence. Nurses conducting these assessments undergo specialized training, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to perform thorough evaluations. From assessing bladder and bowel function to exploring potential underlying causes such as neurological conditions or pelvic floor dysfunction, continence nurses employ a holistic approach to gathering information

One of the primary goals of continence nurse assessment is to identify risk factors and potential barriers to achieving continence. Through detailed interviews and physical examinations, nurses evaluate factors such as fluid intake, medication usage, mobility limitations, and cognitive function. By uncovering these elements, nurses can develop personalized care plans aimed at promoting continence and minimizing the impact of incontinence on daily life.

Continence nurse assessment extends beyond the clinical setting, encompassing environmental and lifestyle factors. Nurses may assess home environments for accessibility and safety, recommend assistive devices such as bedside commodes or urinals, and provide education on pelvic floor exercises and bladder training techniques. By addressing environmental and behavioral factors, continence nurses empower individuals to actively participate in their continence management and promote long-term success.

Incontinence Assessment ndis

Incontinence has an enormous impact on a person’s quality of life. It adds significant burden on family and carers and is a major factor in deciding to go into residential care.

Incontinence also puts people at greater risk of health issues such as falls and pressure injuries.

Incontinence has financial implications due to the cost of continence aids. It can affect a person’s general wellbeing and make them socially isolated due to embarrassment. There are different types and causes of incontinence. A continence assessment can help establish a plan to meet the individual needs of a client.

NDIS Continence Assessment Brisbane

At P homecare, our compassionate staff can assist with practical and professional continence advice and management. Our trained home carers are skilled at assisting people with incontinence in a sensitive and understanding way. We understand the sometimes embarrassing nature of incontinence and offer personal and confidential education and support. We also offer practical help, such as sourcing commode chairs, bedpans and other urinary supports.

If your continence issues are as a result of your disability, your continence products and aids should be funded through your NDIS plan.

Our NDIS Continence Services include:

Continence management and disability support services are provided for clients to support them with the following:

  • Assessment for and, if required, assisting with the application of disposable pads, pull-ups and absorbent aids
  • Assistance with commode chairs, bedpans, urinals, catheters and urinary drainage appliances
  • Assistance in using continence aids and appliances and managing continence aids
Types of urinary incontinence include:
  • Stress incontinence– Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
  • Urge incontinence– This condition occurs in both men and women and involves an overwhelming urge to urinate immediately, frequently followed by loss of urine before you can reach a bathroom. Even if you never have an accident, urgency and urinary frequency can interfere with work and a social life because of the need to keep running to the bathroom
  • Overflow incontinence– Overflow incontinence occurs when something blocks urine from flowing normally out of the bladder, as in the case of prostate enlargement that partially closes off the urethra. Overflow incontinence is one of several different types of incontinence.
  • Functional incontinence– Functional incontinence occurs when an individual with normal bladder and urethral function has difficulty getting to the toilet before urination occurs. Those with impaired mobility or mental confusion may have this type of incontinence.
  • Mixed incontinence– Activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercise, and even standing up can cause leakage in women with stress incontinence. It’s common for women to experience symptoms of both urge and stress incontinence.

Functional incontinence is treated by using behavioural methods that teach you to urinate on a timed voiding schedule and by modifying your environment so you can get to and use the toilet more quickly. This may involve moving furniture, making clothes easier to remove, or making other changes

We have experienced Continence Nurses in NSW to cover most areas in Australia. We have been supporting local health districts Greater Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle, Taree, Kempsey and Goulburn.

Do you need help with wound dressing, Catheter care, Blood pressure. As a registered NDIS provider for Community Nursing Care We cover QLD – Brisbane, Gold coast and Sunshine coast.

CONTINENCE / CATHETER CARE  Our Registered nurses provide urinary catheter changes and general care. Our services also cover colostomy care and management.

WOUND CARE Our community nursing services include simple to complex wound care management. This includes the application of compression bandaging or compression stockings, and negative pressure wound care therapy.

How do I make sure incontinence products are included in my NDIS funding?

The simple answer is Pre-Planning.

Pre-planning refers to the preparation we recommend you do before your first Planning Meeting (see more in our NDIS pre planning resource).

  1. You need to specifically mention continence in your planning meeting or it will be missed altogether.

As your NDIA planner to allow for a continence assessment and follow up review/s (approx 5 – 7 hours therapy per annum) to be approved for you in your NDIS plan under the category “individual assessment/therapy and/or therapy (including assistave technology)”.

The Continence Foundation of Australia suggest you prepare the following information to take to your first planning meeting:

  • Which products do I use now?
  • Is my incontinence being managed effectively by the products I am currently using?
  • Do I need a continence assessment to make sure I am managing my incontinence effectively?
  • Do I need a continence review to determine if my needs have changed since my last assessment?
  • Is my incontinence preventing me from achieving my goals?  If so, what can be done to improve the situation?
  • More generally, can my incontinence be better managed?
NDIS AND FUNDING FOR YOUR CONTINENCE PLAN

For Continence Assessment , support is funded under Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living.
A comprehensive continence assessment takes time.

You will require a minimum of 4 hours for a full assessment, report and product prescription.

If your needs are complex and include multiple products or travel then additional hours may be required.

A Continence Plan and/or Therapy may be recommended in the initial report.

Additional hours will be required to implement a continence plan and or therapy to improve your continence status and participation.

We provide Continence Nurse NDIS assessments Australia wide. If you would like to get more information please contact 1800 571 955 or email continence@phomecare.com.au

Is incontinence covered by NDIS?

Yes, we would typically fund continence supports for participants five or older who regularly experience incontinence, day or night. The cost is likely to meet our funding criteria. Incontinence pads may be covered by the CAPS payment for eligible persons

Role of the Continence Nurse in Australia
The continence nurse provides expert care to patients with urinary and/or fecal incontinence by conducting a focused assessment, performing a limited physical examination, synthesizing data, developing a plan of care, and evaluating interventions.

P homecare Continence Nurses available in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Alice Springs and Darwin & continence assessment Brisbane.  We Work With You To Provide A Comprehensive Continence Assessment plan for you.

Let P Homecare help you

When it comes to supporting you with continence care, clinical nursing and personal care services can support you to remain independent in your own home. Be sure to contact our friendly contact team today to discuss your care options and develop a tailored plan to meet your personal circumstances.

What happens at a NDIS Continence Assessment?

  • Your Continence Nurse Specialist will discuss your goals and what you would like to achieve from your assessment.
  • Your Continence Nurse Specialist will ask lots of questions about you and your bladder and/or bowel issues.
  • After your appointment, your Continence Nurse Specialist will write a detailed report.
 
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