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A resource has been developed to change assumptions about incontinence and expectations of care to improve outcomes for older people with continence problems
Dennis J (2016) Changing our view of older people's continence care. Nursing Times; 112: 20, 12-14.
An assumption is often made that incontinence is inevitable in older people, or those with dementia or other long-term conditions. However, research has highlighted strategies that can help them to remain continent.
A working group was established to develop a resource to promote continence for people with dementia and long-term conditions. This article explores the resource's key messages, as well as the importance of changing how incontinence is viewed, and what health professionals and the public expect of continence services.