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 twice in 2022. Run 1 will begin on the 1st August and close 3rd October 2022. Run 2 will begin on 17th October and close on the 19th December 2022. 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. The project is expected to be completed by June 2023. If you have any queries about the project please contact Dr Jessica Cecil – [email protected]

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