Catheter Care in the Home

Understanding Indwelling Urinary Catheters

An indwelling urinary catheter may sound complicated, but it's simply a medical device used to help people who have difficulty urinating normally. This catheter is a flexible tube that is gently inserted into the bladder through the urethra. Its main job is to drain urine from the bladder into a bag outside the body.

People might need a catheter for various reasons, like urinary incontinence (when urine leaks out unintentionally), urinary retention (being unable to urinate), after certain surgeries, or due to other health problems.

While catheters are helpful, taking care of them is very important. If not managed correctly, catheters can lead to infections or cause skin irritation around the area where they enter the body.

That's why proper catheter care is a must. It involves keeping both the catheter and the skin around it clean and dry. This care is a crucial part of your daily routine if you're using a catheter.

At Beacon Support, we emphasise the significance of correct catheter care. Our services include:

  • Educating you and your caregivers about how to manage the catheter safely and effectively.
  • Ensuring it works properly.
  • Helping to prevent any complications.

We provide guidance on cleaning the catheter and the surrounding skin area, maintaining hygiene, and identifying any signs of potential problems.

Remember, good catheter care is key to preventing infections and keeping your skin healthy. With our expert support, you can feel confident in managing your indwelling urinary catheter at home, maintaining both your health and your comfort.

Catheter Insertion and Ongoing Management

Personalised Care

Catheter insertion and its ongoing management are crucial steps in ensuring comfort and minimising health risks. At Beacon Support, we focus on these areas with utmost care and professionalism:

Aseptic Technique for Catheter Insertion

The process of inserting a catheter, called catheterisation, is an invasive procedure that needs to be done with great care. 

To minimise the risks of trauma and infection, we use an aseptic technique. This means the process is done in a way that keeps everything sterile (free from germs) as much as possible. 

Our trained professionals ensure that the environment, equipment, and the catheter itself are all sterile. This careful approach significantly reduces the chance of infection, providing a safer experience for you.

Preparing for Catheter Insertion

Before inserting a catheter, it’s essential to have the right equipment ready. This includes a sterilised catheter, sterile gloves, lubricant to ease the catheter insertion, a sterile water solution for the catheter balloon, and a drainage bag to collect urine. 

We also use specific tools to ensure the catheter is secured correctly and comfortably.

We are transparent in everything that we do, so you can make informed decisions based on all of the facts at your disposal.

Your Care Starts with a Support Plan

Our in-home support and care start off with a support plan which we draw up in collaboration with you or your loved ones. It is a detailed plan that includes the services that you will receive, the timing of such services and who will provide them. In serving you this support plan guides us in everything that we do.

Contact Beacon Support today for your NDIS Qld care or other home based services.

Beacon Support is an NDIS Qld supplier of home-based care. We have been in the business of caring for the aged, the ill and the disabled for more than 17 years.

Our senior client management team members have more than 50 years combined experience in caring for the aged and disabled, in the community, healthcare and retirement villages. They have owned and managed home-based services for 10 years, and have consulted extensively in the sectors in which they have experience, offering advice, support, education, and training in the industry.

Beacon Support is a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS Qld). We provide support services and home care packages all along the Sunshine Coast, in South Queensland, Brisbane, and the Ipswich area.

We specialise in the provision of support for high and complex needs. We provide support, care, and companionship for those who prefer to stay at home but cannot manage the everyday tasks in the home environment. Whether you are eligible under the NDIS Qld, or will be funding your own care, you can access our full range of in home and aged care services.

Beacon Support Catheter Care and Other Services

Central to everything we do is delivering catheter care that is tailored to your individual situation, and any other conditions you may be living with. Our care and support plans can help you with everyday activities that are too difficult to manage by yourself.

Beacon Support offers you catheter care and other support options that can include:

  • Catheter care and support
  • Nutrition support and feeding assistance
  • Administering of medication
  • Bowel and bladder function support
  • Help with mobility
  • Emotional support to you and your loved ones
  • Coordination with other services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physiotherapy
  • Personal care support as required
  • 24 hour support if needed.

Whatever the challenges or conditions you may be living with, we are able to help you, and coordinate with other services if required.

Catheter Care You Can Trust

One of the things that sets us apart at Beacon Support, is our commitment to delivering catheter care and support you can trust. We are focused on ensuring you feel safe and supported with quality care and understanding. It doesn’t matter what happens, we know what to do and will approach all of your care professionally and with empathy.

Your catheter care and support will be provided under the supervision of a Registered Nurse so you receive quality care. We are also a registered NDIS provider.

Call us today at 1300 435 782 or contact us via our online form for a consultation or to learn more about our catheter care and other support we can deliver to you in your home.

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