Continence tests to be carried out in homes for the elderly and in the community

A new service is to be provided to avoid elderly persons suffering continence problems having to go to hospital to undergo tests. Scanning services are to be provided by homes for the elderly and in the community.

Through an investment in two bladder scanners a team of professionals in this sector will give a proper testing service.

Continence is a problem for many elderly but also for adults and children.

The Minister for the Elderly and Active Elderly, Michael Farrugia, said that continence may lead to serious infections unless hospital visits are made. He announced that €10,000 had been invested in the purchase of two scanners to enable those with problems avoid having to resort to Mater Dei Hospital.

Instead a team of specialised nurses in continence will visit homes for the elderly as well as the community for those with mobility problems or those suffering disabilities. The scanners may be transported to different localities. If a problem is detected this will be relayed to Mater Dei Hospital.

The Executive Head for the Active Elderly and Community Care, Renzo De Gabriele, said that there are 6,000 persons who request nappies because of continence problems.

Besides providing services in homes for the elderly and the community, the Department also has four centres around Malta that offer this service and these are at Mellieħa, Żurrieq, Mosta and Ħamrun.