Staying regular is crucial for staying healthy. It plays a major role in how you feel (physically and emotionally) while removing waste from your body.

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you're not passing stools regularly or you're unable to completely empty your bowel.

Constipation can also cause your stools to be hard and lumpy, as well as unusually large or small.

Prevention

A hydrated body is a happy body in so many ways and really helps avoid constipation.

Encourage residents to drink plenty of water.

6-8 glasses per day using a 250ml mug or glass

Remember that foods high in water, like fresh fruits, vegetables and some dairy products can be an important part of a person’s fluid intake

Helping things move along

Add some bulking agents, such as weetabix, to the diet. This will help to make your stools softer and easier to pass.

Have 5-6 prunes daily as this will act as a stimulant for the bowel.

Encourage moving about to help keep things moving!

Residents routine

Keep to their routine (a place and time of day) when they are able to spend time on the toilet.

Respond to their natural bowel pattern: when they feel the urge, don't delay.  The simple act of eating stimulates movement in the bowel that may lead to a bowel movement a short time after eating.

Adopting the correct positioning to open the bowels is important.  Using a squatting position instead of sitting can help and this can be achieved by putting the feet on  a small stool.  

Report anything unusual

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