Residents who require the use of an indwelling catheter can be admitted to and retained in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. According to regulation 87612, catheter care is a “restricted condition” which basically means the condition can be cared for if additional requirements are met. The additional requirements for catheter care are explained in regulation 87623 and include:
- An RCFE can “accept or retain a resident who requires the use of an indwelling catheter…if the resident is physically and mentally capable of caring for all aspects of the condition except insertion and irrigation.”
- Insertion and irrigation shall only be performed by an appropriately skilled professional (e.g., nurse, etc.)
- The bag may be emptied by facility staff who receive instruction from an appropriately skilled professional. This instruction should be appropriately documented in your personnel files.