Society for Continence (Singapore) has been constantly engaging itself in community-based programmes since its formation. After running projects in educating incontinence sufferers, caregivers, nurses and doctors, we have now embarked on an in-service training programme on incontinence for nurses in nursing homes.
The well known fact of the rapidly aging population in Singapore coupled with increase in life expectancy has led to the growing number of residents at nursing homes.
Most residents, patients in nursing homes are 75 years old and above and are partially or fully immobile. About 70% suffer from urinary incontinence and substantial number from feacal incontinence. Nurses are repeatedly challenged with the difficult task of managing patients with urinary incontinence problems and are quite innovative in coming up with their own solutions to manage the patients and take pride in it.