Urinary incontinence occurs when the normal process of storing and passing urine is disrupted and can take the form of stress incontinence or urge incontinence. Bowel incontinence is usually caused by a physical problem with the parts of the body that control the bowel. In some cases, incontinence may result from a health condition such as dementia or a severe learning disability that causes the person to lose control.
Note: Although disablement must be caused by a physical or mental health condition, it is the needs and difficulties that result which will determine entitlement rather than the condition itself. As a result, whilst the case law below may be of assistance, it will be important to also look at the case law relating to the activities and issues that affect you too.
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- Incontinence pads are an ‘aid or appliance’ for managing incontinence in activity 5
-  UKUT 456 (AAC)
- Colostomy bag is an ‘aid or appliance’ for managing incontinence in activity 5
-  UKUT 296 (AAC)
- Interpretation of descriptor 5 (toilet needs) and overlap with descriptor 3 (managing therapy)
-  UKUT 554 (AAC)
- Reported as  AACR 20
- Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
- Managing toilet needs or incontinence
Help with dressing and undressing does not count in assessing need for help with toileting or incontinence / Adequacy of reasons for not accepting claimant’s evidence
-  UKUT 498 (AAC)