Caregiver Resources - Bowel & Bladder

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of stool (bowel) or urine (bladder) (1). Incontinence can negatively affect many parts of a person’s life such as their social interactions, sex life, work and travel (2). Incontinence is often not reported as some people are embarrassed about the topic, or incorrectly believe it is a normal part of the aging process (2). Incontinence is more common in older adults; however, it is not a normal part of aging and is often a sign of other health problems (1). For this reason, incontinence should always be assessed and diagnosed by a healthcare professional (1)

With the right treatment plan, incontinence can often be cured, improved or comfortably managed (1). There are many treatment and management options – if the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence, you can discuss a care plan with the family physician. 


(1)  The Canadian Continence Foundation and Cameron Institute. (2018). What is urinary incontinence? Retrieved from

(2)  The Canadian Continence Foundation (2014). The impact of incontinence in Canada: A briefing document for policy-makers. Retrieved from