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Continence Management

Continence Management for Ageing Australians

There are several types of urinary incontinence. It is important that if you are experiencing incontinence that you talk with your doctor. They can help you to get in contact with a Continence Nurse. The continence nurse will provide a complete assessment and develop a continence management plan with you.


Different types of urinary incontinence

Stress incontinence:
The leakage of small amounts of urine when you have pressure on your bladder. This might include sneezing, coughing, lifting objects, and participating in exercise. Laughing can often cause stress incontinence too.

Urge incontinence:
A sudden need to pass urine. Sometimes this can cause leakage, especially if the toilet is a bit further away.

Functional incontinence:
The inability to recognise when you need to go to the toilet, or to recognise where the toilet is. Often people are in care when they suffer from functional incontinence.

Urinary retention:
The bladder isn’t emptying completely and the person frequently leaks urine as a result.

Managing urinary incontinence

If you’re suffering from urinary incontinence, have a continence assessment. A continence nurse will develop a continence management plan with you. The plan will include different options:

  • Medication management
  • Using incontinence aids such as pads, pants, or catheter drainage.
  • Learning how to sit on the toilet in the best way to aid drainage.
  • A bladder training program
  • A fluid intake plan
  • High fibre foods to reduce constipation
Nurse and elderly woman holding hands

For further information regarding the management of incontinence, contact the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066 to find a local Continence Nurse.