Incontinence Services

Incontinence means any involuntary or accidental leakage of urine or faeces. Incontinence can occur in men or women of any age, but people who are elderly or have a chronic health problem are at increased risk.

Continence assessment
There are different types and causes of incontinence. A continence assessment can help establish a plan to meet the individual needs of the resident.

Information collected during a continence assessment may include:

  • the person’s medical history
  • how often the person urinates (wees) and defecates (poos)
  • a rough estimate of the amount of urine passed
  • visual description of the faeces
  • whether the leakage is urine or faeces
  • details of diet and fluid intake
  • list of medications including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal preparations
  • current health concerns
  • self-care abilities – for example, whether the person can feed, dress and bathe on their own
  • whether or not the person recognises their need to go to the toilet or remembers the location of the toilet.

Tests or investigations performed during an assessment can include a urine test and an ultrasound of the bladder (performed on the skin surface below the belly button).