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The world’s aging population has many issues that the health care community needs to address. There are many predictors of these age-related challenges. Providing a pathway for senior ostomates to maintain ostomy self-care and independence is a desirable goal. Issues like declining recall, vision, mobility and dexterity, neuropathy and dementia are age related changes that may affect ostomy self-care. WOC nurses care for ostomy patients throughout the lifespan and in multiple care settings. Interventions are well known, taught, and tested in the core curriculum and board exams. By investigating the lived experience of our aging ostomates in the community, perhaps there are other WOC interventions that can be developed and standardized to aid in ostomy independence in this patient population. With the disturbing trend of patients with ostomies being banned from long term care settings (assisted living, group homes, etc.) WOC interventions that improve ostomy self-care and independence can be developed and standardized
Pendergrast RA, Rosette M, Genter K, Veltigian S. Creating WOC interventions in response to age-related barriers to ostomy independence and self-care. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society WOCNext 2022; 2022 Jun 5-8; Fort Worth, TX.