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Title: Tackling ageing continence through theory, tools & technology (TACT3)
Authors: Bichard, J-A
van den Heuvel, EA
Jowitt, F
Gilhooly, M
Parker, SG
Long, A
Ratcliffe, NM
McKee, KJ
Gaydecki, P
Keywords: Ageing;Incontinence;Assistive technologies;Service provision;Public toilets
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Common Ground
Citation: The International Journal of Aging and Society, 1(2), 83 - 96, 2012
Abstract: After dementia, nothing is more feared by older people than the loss of continence. It is often the reason many people enter care facilities and can contribute to the breakdown of caring relationships. This paper reports on a three-year research project funded by the UK New Dynamics of Aging programme, which has explored three key issues in the predicament of maintaining continence from the “user’s” perspective. Firstly, understanding how continence services operated by the UK National Health Service can be improved to offer cost effective benefits that encourage people to report this sometimes embarrassing condition with confidence. Secondly, working directly with the US Simon Foundation, the project has developed user-requested, assistive devices that target the most embarrassing aspects of the condition, namely issues of personal odor control and urine leakage from continence pads. Lastly, understanding the challenges of managing continence in daily living outside of the home, with particular reference to accessing publicly accessible toilet facilities. The paper will highlight the research that has provided the basis for innovative design solutions.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2012 Common Ground.
ISSN: 2160-1909
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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