An online continence pocket guide for the growing disability and aged care workforce is now available to help improve the care that thousands of Australians receive in their homes.

Continence Support Now is a concise, mobile device-friendly website that personal care workers can easily access on their smart phones, tablets, laptop or desktop computers. It covers basic information on skin care, products, equipment, catheters, bladder, bowel, diet, exercise, nutrition, mobility, toileting and care plans.

Following the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care home packages, the in-home personal care workforce is now one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia. Today, there are around 250,000 personal care workers with estimates that those figures will dramatically increase over the next few years.

CEO of the Continence Foundation of Australia, Rowan Cockerell, said Continence Support Now provides free, accessible continence information for those workers.

“Continence care can become quite complex and in-home support workers were frequently telling us that they wanted a readily-available guide on how to best help their clients,” Mrs Cockerell said.

The inability to manage continence issues is among the top three reasons why people feel the need to leave their homes and enter a residential care facility.

“We know that poorly managed incontinence greatly reduces a person’s quality of life and prevents them from living independently in their own homes. This isn’t how it has to be. There are often ways to better manage or treat bladder and bowel issues. Continence Support Now is that handy tool that can make a difference.”

Continence Support Now content was written and reviewed by experienced continence nurses from the aged care and disability sectors. Users are able to ‘suggest a topic’, ensuring further relevant and up to date information will be added.