Catheter, Bowel, Stoma

Continence Care

Incontinence is more common than you might think – it has been estimated by the NHS that between three and six million people experience urinary incontinence in the UK. Here, at Helping Hands, we help people experiencing incontinence live fulfilled, independent lives, with expert nursing-led continence care in the home.

With over 27 years of experience providing care in the home, we’ve always maintained high standards when it comes to providing continence nursing-led care. Our friendly carers take a customer-centric approach to ensure that you or your loved one receives the best level of bladder and bowel care possible, from an expert caregiver who understands the sensitive issues that arise with continence- related care, and maintaining dignity at all times.

What Is Continence Nursing-Led Care?

Continence nursing-led care is designed to help people manage bowel or bladder problems as easily as possible. Our continence nursing-led service is provided by registered nurses. They are experienced in supporting those dealing with faecal and urinary incontinence. Through the services we offer, our continence nurses look to promote bladder and bowel continence through a mixture of care and on- going support.

We cover all aspects of continence care – from the initial assessment to determine the bladder or bowel care needs of you or your loved one, to delivering the continence support and training you or they require. Our registered nurses can provide support with a whole range of bathroom and continence training techniques, including bladder retraining, incontinence aids, management of indwelling urethral catheters, supra-pubic catheters, urostomys and mitrofanoff systems, frequency toileting programmes, and pelvic floor exercises. They can also help manage any medication regimes, monitoring of treatment programmes, in addition to treating and management of urinary tract infections.

Helping Hands’ registered nurses have experience in delivering specialist continence services for customers affected by a variety of conditions. We’ve helped those with acquired brain injuries, serious spinal injuries and Dementia, with person-centred, tailored continence care programmes.

Bladder Management

The approach we take to continence nursing centres solely on the requirements of our customers. We recognise all our customers as individuals – no two people are going to have exactly the same needs. Circumstances vary significantly from person to person.

When you choose continence nursing-led care from Helping Hands, be it for yourself or a loved one, our registered nurses will assess your needs, and deliver a tailored continence care plan. We take existing lifestyle into account when delivering our bladder and bowel care services, and endeavour to help our customers to live a comfortable life.

The registered nurses who support our nursing-led continence support are employed directly by us – we don’t use agencies. Each one goes through a rigourous screening process enabling us to ensure that the help and support they deliver meets the standards we’ve become known for.

Catheter Care

Our carers also offer catheter care. A catheter is a tube that is inserted into the bladder, and allows urine to pass through into a drainage bag. They can be used on a short-term or long-term basis to help to empty the bladder in a number of circumstances.

We can help our customers to manage and cope with their condition by providing catheter care at home. The carers we employ have experience in delivering catheter care for people affected by many conditions. They’ve provided support for customers with urethral catheters and suprapubic catheters.

Bladder Stoma Management

Urostomy Care At Home

When thinking about your care needs and these being met at home you can be overwhelmed with information and options. If you have a Urostomy and you require support, supervision or full assistance with the care of your urostomy we can do just. All our staff are trained to meet your individual needs and care. They have the ongoing support of the clinical team, this support includes one to one training and your care needs documented and reviewed regular. Any changes will be implemented and we will be involved at the level you require us to be allowing you to remain in control of your care.

Nephrostomy Care

We recognise that caring for a nephrostomy can be a challenge, due to the nature of the nephrostomy it can potentially prove embarrassing if you have a family member or friend helping you with this. The position of the nephrostomy can at times mean that self-maintenance can be difficult. Here at Helping Hands we have caring, competent staff that will help you maintain a good quality of life by assisting and helping you with your nephrostomy. Our staff will be trained with your needs in mind, under the care of one of our Clinical Nurse Specialist’s. The appointed Clinical Nurse will also be involved with your care on an ongoing basis, giving you something less to worry about.

Bowel management

Our Bowel management care cover’s all aspects of regular toileting regime starting with medication regime management, through to the use of specialist interventions including stoma, ileostomy and colostomy care where surgical intervention had taken place. We can support with digital stimulation, manual evacuation and peristeen for neurogenic dysfunction. These three words and the mental images they convey produce dread in many people who know very little about them. An ‘ostomy’ is a surgical procedure that creates an opening on the abdominal wall for waste products to move out of the body. The quality of life is usually much improved for people with an ‘ostomy’, because their previous medical condition was so debilitating.

We can help our customers to manage and cope with their condition by providing stoma care at home. Our carers have extensive training and experience in delivering stoma care and have provided support for customers with colostomy’s, stoma’s and ileostomy and are competent and comfortable performing these procedures.

Give us a call today to find out more about information on the bowel, bladder care and support we offer.

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