WOCN and UOAA Join to Help Assisted Living Facility Residents
WOCN joined with UOAA to create an FAQ document for patients in response to concerns that long-term care residents were being denied access to facilities because they have an ostomy. This document is intended to answer some frequently asked questions that owners or staff of assisted living facilities may have concerning people with an ostomy who wish to reside in an assisted living facility (ALF). Daily ostomy management is a simple process of toileting, an activity of daily living. People living with an ostomy should be welcomed and treated as any person seeking potential residence. WOCN/UOAA has spoken individually with several state chapters of these associations throughout 2021 and are currently working on state specific outreach plans. These outreach plans could include a volunteer network of WOCN providers to help educate facilities about ostomy care as well as creating an education webinar designed for state chapter to share with their members about ostomy care.