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Continence care through Technology

Re-evaluating continence care through technology

Continence management sits in the top five aged care complaints made by residents, with some of the biggest issues in continence care being that continence systems are often outdated and unmonitored.

Introducing new technologies and innovations to the market would help eliminate some of the mistakes and issues with continence care.Find these here.This would benefit residents by assisting providers and staff with developing a routine, ensuring that efficiency and quality is at the forefront of care.

A personalised practice should be established early on, ideally during the 30 day-assessment period when a resident moves into an aged care facility. This provides the opportune time for technology to come into play, eliminating the subjectivity and guess work of an assessment and assisting aged care staff with developing individualised care.

TENA, specialising in continence care products, recently introduced the identifi system to the Australian market, tracking previously unknown information about residents’ voiding habits, including patterns and volumes. During assessment, the resident wears a comfortable and absorbent TENA identifi sensor wear, replacing regular continence protection, with a silent reusable TENA identify logger attached. The logger records the filling of urine, with the information automatically transmitted to a secure web portal as an easy to read, graphic voiding report. This technology provides insight into individualised systems, allowing an aged care provider to structure care around the specific needs of a resident instead of the other way around.

The innovative technology not only helps determine the most appropriate absorbent products, it also recommends toileting times and adjustments of care routines. This contributes to more effective and documented continence care and positively affects the wellbeing of a resident.

As aged care providers move toward more personalised care, the use of technology can assist in determining what is most suitable for residents. In particular, the TENA identifi helps with selecting appropriate products for continence care, eliminating the need to use outdated products and improving resident comfort with less leakage and skin irritation. As the technology helps to develop a more accurate and customised toileting plan, residents will gain more confidence and independence.

As continence systems are generally unmonitored, the use of innovative technologies can assist time-poor staff to understand and develop a resident’s care routine, increasing efficiency. This can also reduce facility costs as once staff are able to capture the trend of incontinence, the use of continence care products are more likely to be used efficiently and effectively.

Australian resident providers should be willing to adopt new technology and advances, in order to move toward providing personalised and effective care. The growth of technology in the aged care industry will reshape the way that care is currently offered, paving way for a new stance and perspective on aged care.