The nurse’s role in helping older people to use the toilet
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The nurse’s role in helping older people to use the toilet

Hazel Heath Independent nurse consultant, Older people and honorary senior research fellow, City University London

Going to the toilet to eliminate bodily waste in private is a normal daily activity that people tend to take for granted. The inability to perform this task independently can result in an intrusive, embarrassing and stressful experience for the individual. This article outlines the nurse’s role in helping older people to use the toilet and the opportunities that this affords for therapeutic intervention, identification of other problems and the promotion of health and wellbeing.

Nursing Standard. 24, 2,43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.09.24.2.43.c7266

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hh@hazelheath.co.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review