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Looking for a specialist Continence training provider?

Here, at Altura Learning, we provide social care companies with access to specialist Continence care training courses.

Continence can be a sensitive topic, but understanding high-quality continence care is essential when it comes to providing outstanding care. It is estimated that between 75 and 81% of people living in residential aged care facilities in Australia are incontinent.

With such a large proportion of the elderly population suffering from incontinence, it’s important that your care home staff have the training necessary to provide adequate care. Our continence courses, as part of our online aged care courses, are designed for aged care organisations and aimed at care staff in all levels of care who may be looking after elderly people with continence issues or bowel problems.

 

Our online continence courses

At Altura Learning, we’re currently offering 4 specialist training courses on the topic of continence. These video courses are focused around managing urinary continence, healthy bowel management and changing urinary catheters in both residential and home care environments.

After taking these courses, aged care staff should be fully equipped with the skills needed to effectively identify, assess and manage urinary incontinence and other bladder problems in older people, as well as carrying out regular assessments to promote healthier bowel functions and reduce the risk of bowel disease.

Our courses centred around catheterisation also teach your staff the routes and types of urinary catheters, how to set up and insert them, as well as the clinical procedures required to clean and monitor them to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.

 

The importance of quality continence care training

Continence issues can have a huge impact on elderly people’s quality of life and can be damaging to a person’s physical and mental health. Urinary incontinence can lead to social isolation from a person feeling embarrassed or ashamed, which can then have serious effects on their mood and overall health.

If urinary incontinence is left untreated it can be a risk factor for falls, urinary tract infections, incontinence associated dermatitis, skin breakdowns from bacterial and fungal growth and an overall reduced quality of life.

Altura Learning’s continence management course ensures your aged care workers are fully trained on recognising older people at risk and helping them manage their symptoms with individualised management strategies designed to effectively maintain their dignity and comfort.

Catheterisation is also often used inappropriately to manage incontinence, used as a main treatment instead of a last resort in most cases. If carried out incorrectly or unnecessarily, this invasive procedure can put elderly people in care environments at risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s.)

CAUTI’s can lead to more serious health complications such as bacteraemia, sepsis and endocarditis, as well as a higher mortality rate among people affected. By choosing our urinary catheter training course for your care organisation you’re ensuring your aged care staff can correctly set up and monitor catheters when necessary.

Browse our individual courses below, or get in touch with a member of our team today to see how we can help your staff provide the best care possible!

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