• General

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    Haere mai, welcome

    Welcome to this online learning resource especially developed for those caring for people with continence needs. The content of this resource is intended to provide basic knowledge for understanding incontinence and interventions to assist a person with incontinence. Information and guidelines for applying this knowledge in practice can be found in other resources and from the New Zealand Continence Association website at http://www.continence.org.nz/

    Feel free to look around this site. You need to be enrolled with Careerforce as a trainee to complete the assessment. To do this, contact Careerforce.

    signpostFinding your way around

    Spend some time exploring this site, becoming familiar with where things are and how to find your way back again.

    Work your way through the content and resources in each topic section and take notes as you go to.

    Some content, such as the Moodle book resource, can be downloaded and/or printed.

  • Introduction

    man bathing"Hygiene is a very personal issue. From a very young age we are trained to control our urges to go to the toilet, so being incontinent can make it feel as if one is losing control. This can affect a person's sense of dignity and self-esteem. Many people find it very hard to accept that they need help from someone else in such an intimate area of their life − even (or sometimes, especially) if from someone very close to them."


  • Incontinence and its effects

    Incontinence is the term medical people use to describe the loss of control of the muscles the body uses to get rid of liquid and solid waste products (urine and faeces). It's not a disease in itself but is often linked to other medical or physical conditions.

    Incontinence can severely impact on a person's quality of life. People can experience urinary or faecal incontinence or a combination of both. However, people can also experience problems with constipation which can also cause problems.

    In this section you will learn about:

    • common types and causes of urinary incontinence.
    • common types and causes of faecal incontinence.
    • observable indicators of urinary and faecal incontinence.
    • factors that may affect a person's ability to remain continent.
  • Interventions, products and practices to assist people living with incontinence

    It's hard to imagine a worse situation - someone struggling to remain continent and not knowing what interventions, products and practices may assist them. Fortunately, there are numerous interventions, products and infection control practices available to those who need them. Help is at hand! This includes books, pamphlets, DVDs and other educational material readily available for the person and their family or whānau. It's just a matter of knowing where to find them – and how to put the information into action.

    The aim of any intervention should be to either assist a person to remain as continent as possible, or to manage the incontinence in a way that helps a person maintain their hygiene, dignity and comfort.

    In this section, you will learn about:

    • ways to assist a person with their toileting needs.
    • lifestyle interventions for management and treatment of incontinence.
    • correct use, care, removal and disposal of continence products.
    • infection control practices.
  • Continence care

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