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Geriatric Bladder Control: Promoting a Culture of Bladder Control in Senior Living Environments

presented by Cindy Neville, PT, DPT, WCS

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Bladder control problems, including urinary incontinence, negatively impact quality of life and rehabilitation outcomes. Urinary incontinence affects up to 70% of elders in senior living environments, and may impact 80% or more of elders with dementia. Physical and occupational therapists historically have relied primarily on nursing to mange bladder control problems. Nevertheless, rehabilitation clinicians can provide effective rehabilitation-based interventions, which may greatly improve bladder control in their patients. The rehabilitation, nursing, and medical team is increasingly collectively responsible for patient outcomes, including preventing falls, infections, and re-hospitalization. Therapists can promote a culture of bladder control in senior living environments by partnering in care with nurses and the medical team, and with each other. This course will explore strategies for improving interdisciplinary care and treatment of bladder control problems in senior living environments by creating a culture of bladder control.

Meet Your Instructor

Cindy Neville, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Cynthia Neville is a certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) and Clinical Faculty at the University of North Florida, Department of Physical Therapy where she teaches classes in anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor and topics in women's health physical therapy. She practices in private clinical practice at SmartBody Physical Therapy in Jacksonville,…

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1. Identify Urinary Incontinence

This chapter will cover identifying urinary incontinence and bladder control impairments in elderly adults in senior living environments, including skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.

2. Barriers to Coordinated Care

This chapter will cover barriers to coordinated care and intervention for bladder control problems in senior living environments.

3. Strategies for Promotion and Integration of a Culture of Bladder Control in Senior Living Environments

This chapter will cover strategies for promotion and integration of a culture of bladder control in senior living environments. These strategies include: staff education, ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration and a team approach to intervention.

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