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Our Care Professionals are trained in stoma care, supporting you to manage your continence with dignity in the comfort of your own home. We offer flexible, practical support for you and your loved ones, with care tailored to you, helping you stay happy at home.
Home Instead’s Care Professionals are trained to the highest clinical standards and will work with your own doctors and health teams to ensure you are receiving the best possible care at home from people who share your hobbies and interests and are passionate about helping you and your loved ones. We can provide support in a range of ways to meet your individual needs such as hourly care, for a few hours a week, a couple of hours daily, or even 24-hour live-in care to support you in managing your symptoms at home.
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A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either the digestive or urinary system. This allows bodywaste (urine or faeces) to leave the body where normal function cannot happen.
Stoma care involves ensuring the stoma remains clean and free from infection. Application or removal of stoma bags and emptying of such bags when required. Monitoring of waste output may also be part of stoma care.
Care Professionals are fully trained and deemed competent in your care needs, this helps to reduce the number of infections and the need for hospital admissions. Care is carried out when you need it, not, when it suits others and reduces the risk of complications.
Having health care with Home Instead allows you to maintain your independence, routine, and lifestyle so you can live your best life at home. Your Care Professional is matched to your interests and hobbies so you can build a trusting relationship with them. We work with you and your clinical team to ensure the best care is delivered to the highest standard ensuring a fully bespoke and tailored care plan is provided.
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You will likely have been advised at the time of your surgery whether it would be a temporary measure or a permanent one. Stoma reversal is a common procedure for certain types of stoma, with some unable to be reversed. Many people do feel having a stoma often significantly improves quality of life due to the reduction or removal of the symptoms which lead to the surgery. Any stoma care will last only as long as it is required.
While initially it may take some getting used to, adjusting to living with your stoma bag can minimise disruptions and improve your quality of life. Stoma care can help you recover your independence after surgery so that you can continue doing the things you love.
Yes, it’s fine to have a bath or shower with a stoma, either with your stoma bag on or off. You may prefer having your bag on during a bath just in case your stoma is active and any leaks occur.
Many people are concerned that others will notice a smell from a stoma, but there should only ever be an odour from your stoma when your Care Professional is changing or emptying your bag. If there’s an unpleasant smell while the bag is in place, this might mean there is a leak, or the bag may be faulty. If you’re worried about odours from your stoma bag, your clinical team or your Care Professional will be able to give you help and advice.