Bladder and bowel concerns are not something you need to live with. These problems can be treated, managed or cured, often without medication or surgery.
Our Continence Care Unit, located on the first floor, works with those 60 years of age or over who have any of these symptoms:
- Needing to go to the bathroom often
- Leaking urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing or doing any activity
- Frequent bladder infections
- Problems with constipation
- Problems with bowel control
- Waking up more than once a night to urinate
- Having a strong need to urinate right away
- Worry about falling when rushing to the bathroom
- Needing to learn how to put a catheter in yourself
Visiting the Clinic
Your first visit will last for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. You will likely have one or two follow-up visits, each lasting about 30 minutes.At your visit, you will be asked questions about your bladder or bowel problem. Depending on your symptoms, you may have an ultrasound test to see how well you empty your bladder. You may also need to have an examination to test the strength of your pelvic muscles.
Taking charge of your care
Education is a key part of this program. After you visit, the Nurse will talk to you about treatment options which may include:
- learning about the causes of your problem
- learning pelvic muscle exercises
- changing your drinking or eating habits
- using special products to reduce your personal costs on pads and laundry
- looking at factors related to your risk of falls
Continence Care is a free service offered by your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). You may call yourself or be referred by your family doctor, specialist or health care provider.
For an Appointment, Call Toll Free 1-877-490-2732.