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Incontinence and dementia: providing innovative family care

Norah Bostock, Debbie Kralik

Generally, the Western world is experiencing an increasing trend for unpaid carers (families and others such as friends) to support older people residing at home in the community 2. In most cases, it is the spouse who is the primary carer 3. Many older people who require care in the home environment have been diagnosed with a dementia illness compounded by symptoms of urinary or faecal incontinence or both. These diagnoses are usually only a part of the accumulative complex needs that caregivers contend with. The combination of cognitive impairment and incontinence may be one of the eventual predictors for institutionalisation of people with dementia 4, 5. The focus of this paper is to discuss evidence based considerations, techniques and insights on how to support caregivers of people living in the community with dementia and incontinence.

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