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Research project

Continence support for people living at home with dementia

Project overview

This project will scope the content, design and potential usability of a practical guide for homecare workers when supporting people living at home with dementia who have continence-related needs. The guide aims to facilitate homecare workers in their conversations with people living with dementia and their family carers, specifically to:
• support communication
• promote independent toilet-use
• enhance continence care.

Funded by the NIHR Three Schools’ Dementia Research Programme, we will plan the development, evaluation and wide-scale implementation of usable, useful and acceptable bespoke continence care resources for homecare workers. Currently, there are no resources of this type specifically developed for this professional group.

A stakeholder group, comprising members with a wide range of experiences and professional backgrounds, including a range of lived experience from people living with dementia and their family carers, will provide feedback on the content, style and implementation of the proposed practical guide for homecare workers.


Lead researcher

Professor Cathy Murphy PhD RN

Professorial Fellow-Research

Research interests

  • Continence management
  • Dementia and incontinence
  • Continence devices
Other researchers

Dr Barbara Bradbury

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Dementia and Continence
  • Flexible Working Practices
  • Organisational Resilience

Professor Mandy Fader


Dr Leanne Morrison

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Health Psychology 
  • Person-based intervention development 
  • Digital technology 

Professor Miriam Santer

Professor of Primary Care Research

Research interests

  • Self-management of long-term conditions
  • Primary Care Dermatology - particularly eczema, acne and cellulitis
  • Mixed methods research including development and evaluation of complex interventions
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