Many people living with dementia experience difficulties with bladder and/or bowel function and control. Continence issues significantly impact the quality of life for the person and their carer.

The free online course Caregiving, Dementia and Incontinence has been developed with the input of people living with dementia, carers and health professionals. It aims to provide family and professional carers with the knowledge, skills and resources to cope with the physical and psychosocial aspects of assisting with toileting, promoting continence, and managing incontinence.

In this five week course learners will cover the following topics:

Week 1 - Coping with the lived experience

Week 2 - Basics of bowel and bladder function

Week 3 - Promoting healthy bowel and bladder function and assisting with toileting and hygiene

Week 4 - Using continence aids and incontinence products and protecting the skin

Week 5 - Coping at home, out and about and accessing information and support

The online course will run throughout 2023, from 30 January to 31 December 2023. Learners may begin the course at any time within these runs. No prior experience or qualifications are required of learners.  

The online course will contain a voluntary pre and post education survey to evaluate the course and determine its appropriateness and effectiveness in supporting carers of people living with dementia and continence care needs.

The project is funded by the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration through the Queensland University of Technology. If you have any queries about the project please contact Dr Jessica Cecil – [email protected]

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