Support Individuals to Manage Continence

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Question 1 There are numerous potential affects due to difficulties with continence in relation to the individuals' self esteem, health and day to day activities; these include: o Low mood stemmed from lack of dignity and privacy. o Social isolation and embarrassment. o Individual lives in fear of being unable to manage their needs. o Deterioration to their health caused by dehydration due to wanting to prevent incontinence or wanting to reduce mobilising to facilitate needs. o Moisture damage to the skin can be caused to the individual due to being unable to cope with or without aids or support. o There is an increased risk of infection. o Individual isolates self due to fear of unable to manage needs. o Cognitive deterioration due to dehydration. o Fearful of loss of dignity. o Fearful of loss of independence due to depending on others. o Individual may suffer quietly due to continence being a sensitive, personal and intimate issue. o Increase risk of falls due to increased continence needs. o Increase anxiety and stress Question 2 Common causes of difficulties with continence include: o Increased age o Weak or damaged pelvic floor muscles o Nerve damage (caused by child birth. surgery) o Increased abdominal pressure (caused by pregnancy or weight) o Lack of oestrogen (more common after menopause) o Medication side effects o Obesity o Neurological conditions (Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis) o Health conditions (urinary tract infection, cancer, tumour, bladder stones, enlarged prostate gland, bladder fistula) o Constipation o Family history o High intake of alcohol or caffeine o Spinal cord injury Question 3 It is important that health professionals recognise, respect and understand both personal and religious beliefs and values when assisting and managing continence care, in order to ensure individual choice specific
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