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Managing Continence Care at the End of Life

Monday 25 March 2019
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

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“Continence is an important component in a person’s health and well-being at any stage of life” NHS England July 2018

“Urinary incontinence, constipation and faecal incontinence are common at the end of life, occurring in up to 77% of older patients with cancer receiving palliative care” Preferences for continence care at end of life: a qualitative study Smith N, Hunter K F, Rajabali S, Fainsinger R, Wagg 2018

“People living with long-term health conditions, terminal illnesses and older people often struggle with continence issues. It’s an issue affecting a vast amount of people and many are suffering in silence, due to embarrassment and the taboo surrounding incontinence. The symptoms of incontinence can have a significant impact. It can stop people leaving their own homes, leading to them feeling trapped and isolated by their condition. Carers of people with continence problems often struggle daily too. They worry about the effect incontinence has on their loved one. Their situation can lead to feelings of hopelessness, increased anxiety and may jeopardise their own health. Despite the massive impact incontinence has on people’s wellbeing and quality of life, it’s an area that continues to be overlooked.” Marie Curie 2018

'Incontinence can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. For those receiving palliative care, incontinence can cause undue stress to both patients and those caring for them. It is important that more research involving people affected by incontinence is funded, leading to improved treatments and care as well as better ways for people to self-manage this distressing symptom… Controlling symptoms is hugely important for people with advanced illnesses such as terminal cancer, dementia or Parkinson’s, and is a key priority for palliative and end of life care. Joined up working of research funders is essential to making a difference.'” Dr Sabine Best, Head of Research at Marie Curie September 2018

“Urinary and faecal incontinence are conditions affecting one in three people living in residential care and two in three nursing home residents. Inadequate management of incontinence can lead to escalating costs due to morbidity and unnecessary hospitalisation.” NHS England 2018

“The impact of caring for people with continence problems is often overlooked. There is a lack of understanding about what carers face on a day-to-day basis. Carers can struggle to manage continence problems.” Feedback from a collaborative workshop on the need for continence research

This conference focuses on the important issue of improving continence care for patients at the end of life – improving dignity and quality of life.

The conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve care and dignity for people at the end of life
  • Learn from outstanding practice in delivering effective continence care at the end of life
  • Reflect on national developments and learning from the lived experience
  • Improve the way you support carers and relatives
  • Develop your skills improving dignity and comfort for patients at the end of life with continence issues
  • Understanding treatment options, medication and complications including the prevention of UTI’s
  • Develop the role of the continence service in outreach and partnership working with palliative care
  • Identify key strategies for improving practice in hospital, care homes, hospices and at home
  • Understand how to manage and support people with continence issues mental capacity or have mental health issues
  • Update your knowledge on the effective management of constipation in end of life care
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

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