Functional Incontinence: Timed Voiding and Prompted Voiding
Functional incontinence occurs when a person is unable to
reach the bathroom in time to urinate because of physical or mental
limitations, such as problems with walking, conditions such as arthritis, or
problems with reasoning (such as dementia). People who have functional
incontinence can try timed voiding and prompted voiding to control
Timed voiding is also called habit training. It sets a schedule for
urinating (voiding) that is determined by your personal habits. It doesn't
attempt to increase how long you can wait before having to urinate or teach
you to resist the urge to urinate.
Prompted voiding requires a caregiver to prompt you to urinate. The goal is to decrease the chance of accidents
by making you aware of the need to urinate periodically. Prompted
voiding usually is used in combination with timed voiding for people who are
unaware of their bodily functions, such as people who have
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