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Incontinence Bedding Guide
Bedding products for people with incontinence. A variety of incontinence bedding is available, such as washable bed pads, which sit on top of the mattress and soak up any overnight leakage. The pads stay dry to the touch and they can be useful for trips away from home. Incontinence items such as mattress protectors and pillow cases are also in this section.
We offer a wide selection of incontinence bedding product options to suit a variety of needs, including products from brands such as DMI, Protection Plus, Medline Protection Plus® and CareFor. It is important to speak with your physician or carer to see which bedding product is right for you.
Below, we will look at mattress protectors, and how they are able to help with incontinence problems.
What materials are Mattress Protectors made of?
Mattress Protectors are available in a wide variety of different materials that are designed for different applications. When it comes to purchasing incontinence bedding products, it is important to always choose a quality product. If the item is inappropriate, it could mean that the bed feels uncomfortable or it could even damage the person’s skin leaving it sore.
- Anti Bacterial
Encased protectors completely cover the mattress, usually secured with zips.
Fitted protectors are simply placed over the top of a mattress.
Enclosed protectors offer better protection, but are harder to fit, remove, and clean. This may pose an issue for less mobile users
Why we recommend using Mattress Protectors
- Protects and maintains expensive mattresses
- Reusable, and easy to clean and refit
- A variety of different materials to suit any user
- Maximise protection without sacrificing comfort
- 100% waterproof
Next, we will look at bed pads & chucks. If you or your loved one suffers from incontinence, there are several things you should consider before purchasing bed chucks.
You’ll need to choose: (1) absorbency levels for both day and night usage, (2) the sizes needed to protect the bed as well as chairs and other surfaces, and (3) the type of underpad best suited to the condition.
As underpads can be used in many places, e.g a bed, chair or car seat for example, then you need to consider which size underpad will be suitable.
Underpads are designed differently according to the user’s needs. Not everybody will require the same absorption level. In general, incontinence products should be changed 2 to 3 times a day. If you feel that you need to change more frequently to keep pace with your incontinence, consider products with a higher level of absorbency.
Generally, underpads come in: Light, Moderate, Heavy and Maximum/Overnight levels of absorbency.
Speak with your practitioner of health professional to discuss what level of absorbency is needed.
There’s the choice of disposable vs reusable underpads.
These are generally better for temporary uses. They offer quick and easy cleanup as they can be discarded. They have good odor control and higher dry technology.
Invacare Disposable Underpad (case)
The Invacare® Disposable Underpad features a spunbond nonwoven topsheet that allows fluid to pass quickly into the fluff core, is naturally fire-retardant, and is comfortable with no plastic edges that can irritate skin. Polypropylene backing protects beds and furniture against leakage and resists melting. Super absorbency pad keeps wetness away from skin with its super-absorbent polymer for maximum fluid retention and odor reduction. Each pad is generously sized, yet compressed into packaging that provides easy handling, stacking and storage.
These are also known as washable underpads, and are better if you want an underpad that:
Stays in place reliably, saves money and reduces environmental waste.
Inspire Reusable Underpad
Inspire's Absorbent Underpad is a waterproof sheet protector that is reusable and machine washable. More effective and economical that disposable bed pads, this underpad shields the central area of the bed where protection is most needed and guards the bed against moisture damage and stains. Available in standard and large sizes.
To conclude, incontinence is far more common than you may think and as a result there are a wealth of products available to help you manage things far more easily.
When you are searching for incontinence products have a clear idea in mind of exactly what you need. If you need wearable products, make sure you know your waist size or if you are in need of furniture protection, get the tape measure out and accurately measure the surface of the item to ensure that you purchase a product that provides full coverage.