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Unit 224 Outcome 1 1) Explain how difficulties with continence can affect an individual’s self-esteem, health and their day to day activities. Difficulties with continence can affect an individual’s self-esteem, health and their day to day activities. 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…show more content…
The symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured, with simple methods. Almost half (45%) of all people with incontinence wait at least five years before they get help, according to Karen Logan, a continence nurse at Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust. "There’s a huge stigma around incontinence despite it being so common," she says. "I would urge anyone with symptoms to come forward as it’s more than likely that we can sort out the problem and really improve their quality of life." Get help if you've had incontinence problems for more than a few weeks to rule out conditions such as diabetes. Here’s where you can go for expert help:- GP Continence clinic Hospital specialist Your GP and incontinence Your GP can assess whether you have incontinence, decide which type of incontinence you have, give general advice on controlling symptoms of incontinence, provide information on pelvic floor exercises and bladder retraining, and give treatment for incontinence with prescribed medicines. If lifestyle changes and treatments don't solve the problem, your GP can refer you to a continence adviser or specialist. Continence clinics In the UK, there are over 360 NHS continence clinics, with specialist teams providing support and medical advice for people with bowel or bladder incontinence. But if you prefer not to see your GP, these are an excellent alternative first stop for diagnosis and treatment. They can significantly
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