Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Going to the bathroom is the second activity of daily living (“ADL”).
How well do you use the toilet?
Toileting and Continence Management measures your mental and physical ability to:
Maintain control of your bowel and bladder functions,
Get on and off the toilet safely,
Clean genital area,
Perform critical hygiene including care for catheter or colostomy bag, and
Use a bedpan or commode.
Activities of daily living indices and long-term care insurance criteria often separate one’s ability to maintain control of bodily functions from the actual use of a toilet. Because these are highly related, we have combined the two.
Signs you may need additional help going to the bathroom include:
Difficulty sitting on or getting up from the toilet, a task that may be more difficult if using a cane, walker, or wheelchair,
Soiled and smelly clothing,
Urine or poop on the toilet seat or the bathroom floor, and
One or more bladder infections.