Stoma Bag Change in Singapore

Learn how Homage nurses can help you with stoma bag change at home and other stoma care nursing services like regular dressing, post-surgery care, and more.

Stoma Bag Change Tips

A stoma bag is commonly used for collecting waste for individuals with obstruction to the bladder or bowel. Changing a stoma pouch is essential for those with a stoma.

Here are some tips for proper stoma bag change:

  • Find a comfortable and well-lit environment where you can easily access the items you need.
  • Pick a time when the stoma is less active, which is usually in the morning before eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after the procedure.
  • Clean the stoma and surrounding skin using mild soap and water, or specialised stoma wipes.
  • Observe the size, shape, and colour of the stoma for any abnormalities. Report to your healthcare provider if you notice any concerning changes.
  • Apply a skin barrier or wafer around the stoma to prevent skin irritation and keep the pouch in place.
  • Indicate on the pouch or mark your calendar to remind you when the pouch was last changed.
  • An itching or burning sensation on the skin around the stoma may be signs of a leak. Change the pouch promptly.

Do note that every stoma is different and unique. If you have any concerns, please consult your stoma care medical provider.

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Once you book an home stoma care session, our smart matching algorithm will assign you the most suitable nurse based on your unique care needs and preferences.

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What to expect during a stoma bag change home visit

Before the stoma bag change visit, let us know the existing healthcare products available at home for the stoma bag change, wound dressing, or other nursing procedures you require.

For stoma bag change, ensure you have the following items prepared at home: Latex gloves, gauze, wet wipes, tissue, alcohol swabs, sterile water for irrigation, and a receptacle for faeces (e.g. pail or jug).

If you do not have the appropriate products or tools required, our Homage nurse will prepare the appropriate medical products before the visit. One-way taxi fare will be required for the nurse to purchase the consumables if needed.

A licensed nurse from Homage will visit your home and understand your medical history and needs, then conduct the stoma bag change, wound dressing, and/or other nursing procedures you have requested for when booking the visit.

“At the start of visits, I greet my clients and check in on any past medical/social history. Knowing important things like previous falls or traumas can go a long way in ensuring safety and quality service. After every visit, I prepare notes which are service-related to assist other CPs who are handling the case after me.”  — Care Pro Ralphael Lim, Registered Nurse

Cost of Stoma Bag Change in Singapore

Our nurses are equipped with the skills to change stoma bags, observing proper skin care and pristine hygiene standards. If you need regular stoma care nursing services in the long term, care packages are available to offset some of the cost.

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*Urgent visit surcharge: For nursing procedure bookings made less than 24 hours from the visit start time, a $30 surcharge per procedure applies.

Stoma Bag Change

$ 80 /procedure*
By local licensed nurses
*Urgent visit surcharge: For nursing procedure bookings made less than 24 hours from the visit start time, a $30 surcharge per procedure applies.

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Top questions about Stoma Bag Change

Service FAQ

What’s the difference between stoma, ostomy, colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy?

An ostomy is a surgery that creates an opening in your abdomen to allow waste to leave your body. Stoma refers to the opening that is created during an ostomy.

Colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy are specific types of ostomies. A urostomy is performed to divert urine from your bladder, while colostomy and ileostomy are performed to redirect stools out of your body.

What's the difference between a stoma and colostomy bag?

A stoma bag, also commonly called a stoma pouch, is a general term that refers to the bags that collect stool, gas, and urine via a stoma. A colostomy bag is a subset of stoma bags, referring to the bag that collects stools and gas from a stoma that is connected to the large intestine.

How often should you change a stoma bag?

How frequent you need to change your stoma bag depends on the bag you use. Closed bags may need to be changed 1-3 times a day, once they are one-third full. There are also drainable bags that can be replaced every 2-3 days instead.

How long can you leave a stoma bag on for?

Stoma bags are designed to be worn for between three to seven days, under normal circumstances. Changing the bag too frequently or leaving the bag on for too long can cause skin irritation problems.

Indicate on the pouch or mark your calendar to remind you when the pouch was last changed. If you feel itching or burning on the skin around the stoma (where the colostomy enters your body), change the pouch promptly. These sensations may be signs of a leak.

What is the shortest duration for a stoma care visit?

The duration of a Homage stoma care visit starts from just one hour, depending on the family’s preferences and your loved one’s needs.

How quickly can I receive care support for stoma bag change?

We aim to assign a suitable nurse for your requested visit within 2-3 days. For urgent bookings made 1-2 days before the visit date, we will try our best to match you with a nurse as soon as possible.

Who are the Homage nurses?

Homage’s nurses are enrolled or registered nurses with a valid Practising Certificate with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB) and have at least 1 year of ward experience.

All Homage Care Pros are local and come from different walks of life, each with unique specialisations and care experiences. But they all have one common trait – a passion and dedication to delivering quality nursing care to families and care recipients.

Does Homage offer packages for stoma bag change?

We have interim to longer-term stoma care packages with varying care durations so that you and your loved one can find a care package which best fits your needs and preferences.

Stoma care packages can also help save up to 20% for multiple sessions. Reach out to our Care Advisors at 6100 0055 for more details.

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