What is neurogenic bowel?

Loss of control of the bowels is referred to as fecal incontinence.  There are many causes of fecal incontinence but one reason is when there is damage or an injury to the neurological system.  Neurogenic bowel is the term used when there is a loss of control of the bowel as a result of damage … Read more

Occupational therapy’s role in toileting

As an occupational therapist that specializes in bowel and bladder management, when I work with patients on catheter or colostomy management, I often hear from other healthcare professionals, “I didn’t know OT’s did that!”  The occupational therapy profession, like other healthcare disciplines, have evolved and changed over the years.  While most people are aware that … Read more

“The Big Five”: Why is Toileting Last?

As an occupational therapist, it has always been my role to help maximize clients’ safety and independence with their occupations or activities of daily living (ADL). “The Big Five”, as I like to call it, are eating, grooming, bathing, dressing and toileting. In the early part of my career I noticed something very interesting about … Read more