The third and final continence session was held last week.
The third session was a day tour to the Continence Resource and Independent Living Centre in Gilles Plains. Everyone gathered in the morning at the MWASA office on Victoria Square in the city and travelled out together.
The tour commenced with a welcome talk by Rosalie the Registered Nurse, who works at the Continence Foundation. Three interpreters were provided to ensure that everyone could understand and benefit.
Following on from the welcome, Sonia the Physiotherapist gave a talk about the parts and function of the pelvic floor muscle. Sonia instructed our group on how to properly perform the Kegel exercise. Everyone was very attentive and felt comfortable to ask questions. One member asked how frequently the exercises should be done and Sonia suggested that at least 3 times a week should be enough.
The next speaker, Lisa, provided further information about where to go for help if someone is experiencing the problem of incontinence. There are many types of health care workers, the first visit can be to the family GP (General Practitioner) and then the GP can refer on to the Physiotherapist or other specialist, or a nurse can also provide assistance. Lisa informed everyone about the Continence Foundation website, which shows information in 32 different languages, and she let everyone know about the helpline so that they are aware in the case the need assistance.
Finally, the Occupational Therapist gave the group a tour which included demonstrations of the different kinds of equipment that a person can use to live independently. The equipment ranged from different types of beds, to kitchen utensils, gardening tools, personal care kits, walking aids, wheelchair cushions, scooters of different kinds, toilet seats and much more.
Overall the day was incredibly informative and all participants learned so much. They enjoyed seeing and being able to touch the equipment, which helps with understanding and being able to retain that information. The members feel that this information will be very useful to them in the future.