Unit 59 (Supporting Continence

Unit 59
Outcome 1
Q1: Incontinence sufferers have been known to lose self-esteem and confidence and even withdraw from their usual circle of friends and family. The fear of being found out can make an individual feel ashamed of their condition. These feelings as a whole can impact negatively on an individual’s life. If the incontinence is due to a urinary infection, this could cause intimacy issues, leading to fear of rejection from a spouse. Family outings or sports activities may be affected due to fear of leakage or concerns about incontinence products being noticed by others.
Q2: Some common causes of difficulties with continence are
* hysterectomy
* painful bladder syndrome
* pregnancy and childbirth
* aging
* enlarged prostrate
* prostatitis
* bladder cancer
* bladder stones
Q3: It may be that an individual’s values and beliefs will lead them to request clinical procedures which others may feel are not in their best interests. It may also be the case that they will refuse treatment which will greatly benefit them. Modesty is greatly valued in some religions and cultures which must be taken into consideration when caring for any individual.
Q4: Active participation is a way of working that recognises an individual’s right to choose. This will help when working towards maintaining privacy and dignity. Giving an individual the right to participate and become an active partner in their own care will enable them to maintain their own privacy. There are several points that must be taken into consideration when putting together a care plan for continence.
Outcome 2
Q3: If an individual is constantly wet for instance they may need a catheter fitting or need extra care calls, if guidance is needed then inform your supervisor for assistance