A toileting plan is a document that has instructions on how to help the person you support reach and use the toilet at a set time. To be effective, all the people who support them must follow the plan.
Regular and prompted toileting helps to set up a toileting routine. The goal is not to change toileting functions, but to improve continence by helping the person reach and use the toilet at the best times for them. This means they are less likely to experience incontinence.
A detailed continence assessment is done before a continence nurse advisor or other health care professional writes the toileting plan. This is to make sure the person's individual needs are included in the plan. Click here for more information about Continence assessments.
You should always read, understand and follow the care plan, as it tells you what the person needs.
A toileting plan may need to be reviewed by a continence nurse advisor or other health care professional if it doesn't seem to be working. You should speak to your supervisor or care coordinator to organise a review.
A continence nurse advisor can:
Other health care professionals, including an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, behavioural psychologist and the person's general practitioner (GP), can also help with toileting plans.
Need more help? Call the National Continence Helpline on 18OO 33 OO 66 and talk to a continence nurse advisor.
A continence nurse advisor:
Once a toileting plan has been developed:
You must always follow a toileting plan because:
This information is not a substitute for independent professional advice.