Our Nurses Can Help With Catheter Care at Home

Need help with catheter care and insertion in Singapore? Our team of professional nurses at Homage can help with catheter insertion and cleaning, as well as the changing, emptying and cleaning of urine collection bags, all in the comfort of your loved one’s home.

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What are urinary catheters?

A urinary catheter is a hollow, partially flexible tube inserted into the bladder through the genital opening. Catheters help to drain urine continuously.

The types of catheters that are commonly used are:

  1. Indwelling or Foley Catheters, which can be attached for up to a few months 
  2. Intermittent or Short-Term Urinary Catheters, which are discarded immediately after one use
  3. External or Condom Catheters, which are used only for male patients

When would someone need a urinary catheter?

Often, urinary catheters become necessary when someone has:

  • Urinary incontinence. The person may find it difficult to control when to pass urine or experience urine leakages, due to a weak bladder or conditions such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries.
  • Urinary retention. The person may not be able to empty the bladder when urinating. This condition may be acute or chronic.
  • A surgery, or is recovering from a surgery. The catheter is often removed only when the person can control their urination or can go to the toilet.

Some people may need a urinary catheter only for a short time, until the condition affecting their bladder resolves. Meanwhile, others may require long-term use.

Health conditions that may cause a person to need a catheter:

  • Neurological conditions (e.g. multiple sclerosis and dementia)
  • Surgery
  • Critical conditions that require accurate urine output monitoring
  • Urinary retention or incontinence
  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • End-of-life care
  • Kidney failure
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Bladder calculi

Why get Homage’s support with catheter care? 

Experienced and licensed nurses whom you can trust

With the support of our licensed nurses, who have prior ward experience and are certified by the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB),  your loved one’s care is in good hands.

Easy bookings through our mobile app

With the smart algorithm behind our app, you’ll be matched to a professional nurse based on your and your loved one’s unique care needs and preferences.

Receive a wide variety of care services 

Our caregivers, nurses, and therapists can support your loved one with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), medication administration, other nursing procedures, and even physiotherapy. 

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When should you engage a professional nurse for catheter care?

Caring for a loved one who has a catheter can be a huge responsibility, especially as certain types of catheters require frequent changes and urinary bags must be drained multiple times a day. 

We can support you when:

  • Your loved one has just started using a catheter and you need professional help for the time being
  • You want to learn how to change or clean your loved one’s catheter on your own
  • You need help with your loved one’s intermittent or short-term catheter, which needs to be changed a few times a day
  • Your loved one needs to change their indwelling or Foley catheter, which needs to be changed once 2 to 3 months
  • You need help with urinary bag drainage, which happens once every 2 to 3 hours
  • You want a professional’s support and advice in keeping your loved one comfortable and clean

Need support with catheter care at home? We can help.

Homage’s licensed nurses can provide holistic nursing care, on top of catheter care.

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If your loved one has a disability, you may be able to tap on government subsidies and payouts of up to $650/month for your home care needs. Book a Disability Assessment with Homage to find out and apply for eligible subsidies.

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Top questions about Catheter Care

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Are catheters painful to use?

The process of inserting a catheter may be uncomfortable, but gels containing local anaesthetics and lubricants are usually used to reduce any pain. You may also experience slight discomfort while the catheter is in place, but most people get used to it over time.

Can my loved one shower with a catheter?

Yes, your loved one may shower normally with a catheter in. 

If your loved one is unable to shower, make sure to wash the area where the catheter enters your loved one’s body at least twice a day to keep it clean. Wash the area with warm water and mild soap, using downward strokes to reduce the likelihood of infection.

If you need additional support to shower your loved one or wash them, our caregivers can help you.

How often should I empty my loved one’s catheter bag?

You should empty your loved one’s catheter bag every 2 to 3 hours or when the bag is about half to three-quarters full. This prevents the leg bag from becoming too full or heavy, which may tug on the catheter.

Some people can change the drainage bags on their own. However, if you are worried about proper hygiene or infection, you can hire a Care Pro to assist your loved one with urinary bag drainage.

How long can you leave a catheter in?

Catheters can be left in the body for up to 12 weeks, depending on a variety of factors. This includes the type of catheter used, the material it is made of, and the individual’s condition and situation.

However, it is best to follow a doctor or nurse’s advice. Be sure to check in with your loved one’s primary healthcare team if you are in doubt or need clarification.

Can a catheter fall out?

Indwelling urinary catheters do not usually fall out because they are held in place with a small inflated balloon, which is filled with sterile water.

However, if your loved one accidentally pulls the catheter out or if the balloon is faulty and deflates, it is important to contact their doctor or nurse immediately and get it re-inserted.

Who are Homage's Care Professionals?

Our Care Professionals are Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are passionate and dedicated to delivering care to families and care recipients. 100% local, they are trained caregivers, licensed nurses, and professional therapists, each with a unique set of skills, experiences, and specialisations.

Are there subsidies available for Homage's catheter care services?

Yes, you can apply for a financial subsidy to defray the cost of home nursing care services. Here is a list of Financial Assistance Schemes in Singapore, such as the Home Caregiving Grant, CareShield Life, and Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) that might be helpful for you.

How quickly can I receive Homage’s catheter care service?

Once you have confirmed that you would like to engage a Homage Care Professional for catheter care, we can match you or your loved one with a suitable Care Professional as fast as within 24-48 hours.

Does making a booking request with Homage guarantee that I will be assigned a Care Professional?

It will depend on whether a suitable Care Professional is available to take up your visit.

Rest assured that once we receive your booking request, we will immediately search for a Care Professional who can meet your care needs. However, if there are no Care Professionals available, you will be notified via email immediately.

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