5004 – Managing Incontinence: Fewer Complications, Lower Cost, Better Outcomes
Incontinence has been a long standing issue in community health and long term care. It is a leading cause of falls in the elderly along with skin damage and infection in the disabled population. Incontinence has taken a back seat to more acute issues, all but forgotten as a precursor or outright cause of long term complications. This presentation will provide information illustrating what medical providers and caregivers can do with a coordinated approach, why management reduces complications and costs, and how better physical and social outcomes can be achieved. Though Case Managers are not routinely performing hands on assessment and care, they should be aware of best practices with respect to continence care that nearly all practitioners and caregivers are expected to manage.
1. Define continence management and why long term management is necessary in the chronic care population
2. Identify complications, increased costs and lessons learned when unmanaged
3. Explore techniques used in case management to improve clinical, financial and social outcomes