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NAFC Enhances Website and Educational Materials To Better Educate Caregivers

NAFC has added a Continence Care Management section to its website housing practical information and guidance for family caregivers and home health aides on how to manage incontinence in those they care for.

June 26, 2013 (CHARLESTON, SC)—The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has added a Continence Care Management section to its website, www.nafc.org, housing practical information and guidance for family caregivers and home health aides on how to manage incontinence in those they care for. A new, printed pamphlet, Caregiver Reference Guide: Continence Care Management, and educational slide series were produced to further supplement this online content. The web section, pamphlet and supportive education are provided by a sponsorship from Attends Healthcare Products.

According to a recent survey findings released earlier this month from the Pew Research Center, the percentage of U.S. adults caring for an adult or child with a serious health issue has climbed from 30 percent to 39 percent in the last two years. The report states “caregivers are heavy technology users and are much more likely than other adults to take part in a wide range of health-related activities.1” This suggests that these caregivers are among the most connected health care consumers online.

Urinary incontinence is one of the leading causes of individuals losing the freedom to live independently. As age is a risk factor, this health issue is likely to grow as a result of the aging baby boomer generation. The year 2011 marked the beginning of the first baby boomers turning age 65. For the following 20 years, each day another 10,000 Americans turn 65 years of age. The direct cost of incontinences falls to both the health sector and individual sufferers with their families. This is all the more reason for caregivers to become knowledgeable about how to properly manage incontinence.

Information on how to recognize and manage bladder control problems in a loved one is shared with family members and professional, first-line caregivers in specially targeted and separate categories of the new section. Home health aides can dispel many myths about incontinence and learn the importance of properly sizing and fitting a product for each individual as well as receive tips on skin wellness. All of this is available in the new web section.

Home health agencies and other providers can purchase bulk quantities of the Caregivers Reference Guide: Continence Care Management pamphlet at NAFC’s online store. This publication was clinically reviewed for NAFC by Diane Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD. The pamphlet contains information about diet, skin care, absorbent products and medical coverage. NAFC encourages health care providers and caregivers to obtain this pamphlet for educational guidance to better serve their patients and arm them with the knowledge they need to best manage this health problem.

About Attends
Attends created the first adult incontinence products over 30 years ago and is a leading adult incontinence brand trusted by health care professionals. Attends® briefs, protective underwear, pads, undergarments, underpads and other personal care items help provide superior dryness, healthier skin, odor control and comfort. Attends products are distributed in four channels: hospitals (acute care), nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities (long-term care), home healthcare dealers and retailers. Attends in 2011 became part of Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS), a $5.5 billion manufacturer and distributor of fiber-based products.

Media Contact:
Steve Gregg, PhD
Exceutive Director
sgregg@nafc.org

843-419-5307