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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 109(2):62-71, February 2009
Urinary incontinence is not a normal component of aging, and failure to appreciate the importance of screening and treating transient incontinence puts older adults at risk for isolation, depression and institutionalization. Urinary incontinence of less than six months duration can be addressed and resolved in the majority of cases if screening and management of the contributing factors takes place. This video explains the purpose of a bladder diary, and also demonstrates how to teach patients to capture critical information in the diary. Additionally, the patient in this program is examined for possible physiologic factors contributing to her new onset incontinence. Observe team discussion and planning, as well as patient education, around the treatment and prevention of incontinence.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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