Managing Constipation and Fecal Impaction in HH

Managing Constipation and Fecal Impaction in HH 

Regular bowel emptying is essential for good health. However, some people may have difficulty at times with the bowel movement process. As the body ages, some of the changes that occur with aging can affect bowel function in a negative way. There are also other risk factors that can affect bowel function, including taking certain types of medications. Some problems with bowel movements can be prevented. There are treatments available for constipation, as well. In this course, you will learn about constipation and fecal impaction, ways to prevent them, and the medications that are used to treat constipation. The goal of this course is to present general staff and non-licensed direct care workers in home health care settings with guidance for managing constipation and fecal impaction. 


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH), Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH). Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034650

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-MCFIHH
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Explain the difference between constipation and fecal impaction.
Describe at least three conditions that may put a patient at risk for constipation and fecal impaction.
List at least three ways that you can help prevent constipation and fecal impaction.
Summarize the impact of medications used to treat constipation.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Constipation and Fecal Impaction

Fact or Fiction

Constipation and Fecal Impaction

Risk Factors



The Impact of Medications


Section 3: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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