Explanation: "This information is only based on residents who have a low risk for losing control of their bowel or bladder (lower percentages are better). Residents have a "low risk" for losing bowel and bladder control, if they do not have severe dementia (memory loss) or if they do not have very limited ability to move on their own."

Why is this important?: "Finding the cause, and treating a problem with bowel or bladder control is important for many reasons. Physically, it can help prevent infections and pressure sores. Mentally, treatment can help the well being of the resident by restoring dignity and social interaction. Fewer residents with bowel and bladder control can give the nursing home staff more time to provide other care."

 

Taken from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services: Nursing Home Information for Consumers

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