How well do you use the toilet? Toileting and Continence Management measures your mental and physical ability to:
- Maintain control of your bowel and bladder functions,
- Get on and off the toilet safely,
- Clean genital areas,
- Perform critical hygiene including care for catheter or colostomy bag, and
- Use a bedpan or commode.
Activities of daily living indices and long-term care insurance criteria often separate one’s ability to maintain control of bodily functions from the actual use of a toilet. Because these are highly related, we have combined the two. Signs you may need additional help going to the bathroom include:
- difficulty sitting on or getting up from the toilet, a task that may be more difficult if using a cane, walker, or wheelchair;
- soiled and smelly clothing;
- urine or excrement on the toilet seat or the bathroom floor; or
- one or more bladder infections.