How to Protect a Mattress from Incontinence

How to protect the mattress from an
incontinence episode
One of the biggest challenges in managing incontinence is dealing with it at night. During the day the person with incontinence can often take steps that will allow them to effectively deal with the incontinence while continuing on with normal activities.
Even if the person with incontinence requires care, the caregiver can often manage better during the day. But once the night sets in a whole new set of issues arise for both the person with incontinence and whoever may be caring for them. Dealing with those issues involves the steps that you need to take to protect the bed of the person with incontinence. Here is what you need to know about how to protect a mattress from incontinence-
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  • Make sure that person with incontinence has the right nighttime incontinence product-It is important to know not that every incontinence product is made to be worn at night. You should choose a product that is specifically designed to be worn at night by those with incontinence. This is the first step in protecting the mattress. It is equally as important that the person is not only wearing the right nighttime product but one that fits, as well. Many people assume that fit doesn’t really matter when it comes to wearing a nighttime incontinence product. However, the opposite is actually true. You want to make sure that the product fits in order to provide the highest level of protection for the person with incontinence. In addition, it is also important to make sure that the person has the highest level of absorbency in their nighttime incontinence product. This will not only protect the mattress but help the wearer to sleep better knowing that they won’t have to get up and change their incontinence underwear during the night.
  • Use the right kind of mattress pad-Just like incontinence products that can be worn there is a variety of choices when it comes to the different types of mattress pads. There are waterproof mattress pads that can be slipped over the mattress and offer a high degree of protection. However, these types of mattress pads are often not very absorbent. This means that the sleeper can awaken to find that their pajamas or skin is wet if their nighttime incontinence product has had leakage. The other choice is to choose a mattress that is highly absorbent but not as waterproof. This means that urine and other fluids will be absorbed by the mattress pad. Most of these types of mattress pads have to be washed in a washer and dryer but many people find that they are much more comfortable to sleep on. In addition, to add further protection under pads can be put down between the sleeper and the mattress to provide further layers of protection.
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Bree Zillder said...

That is a viable alternative to adult diapers for the elderly. Very absorbent too. I also recommend scented balls for the bed headboards to negate the foul smell.

Travis C. Miller said...

Mattress pads are definitely the way to go, though diapers are also very effective at keeping those with incontinence comfortable. Thank you for this informative article; my grandfather used to be ashamed of sleeping on the foam mattress because he was scared of accidentally soiling it and now with a mattress pad he has gone back to the mattress again.

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