The Nursing Assistant: Incontinence Care

Incontinence among residents is often the result of illness and some of the disabilities that can occur as an individual ages. Residents ability to control bowel and bladder function ranges from simply needing toileting assistance to having no control and being completely dependent upon caregivers. Embarrassment and feelings of helplessness are emotions often experienced by residents who suffer from incontinence. Many of them live with the fear of losing bladder control in the presence of others, and of someone noticing the smell of urine. To avoid embarrassment, they may choose to isolate themselves and stay away from social activities. As a nurse aide, you can help ease a residents embarrassment and fear of accidents by providing assistance with toileting. Your emotional support combined with toileting assistance can help a resident live a more normal life. Incontinent residents who are bedridden or chair bound require perineal care to prevent skin breakdown. It is important to remember that prolonged exposure to incontinent waste places the resident at a higher risk for pressure ulcers and infections.

This program reviews two basic types of incontinence care: toileting assistance and perineal care. The program also discusses three types of problems often associated with incontinence: urinary retention, urinary tract infection and constipation.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain how to assist residents with toileting
  • List the basic steps of perineal care
  • Describe the signs that a CNA should be alert to and report for urinary retention, urinary tract infection and constipation


Price: $149.00 USD

Product ID: MED715
Media: DVD
Year: 2014
Duration: 17:06 minutes
Language: English
Tags: Nursing Assistant Skills, Long Term Care
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