Bed Pads & Underpads
Disposable & Reusable Bed Underpads - Bed Pads for Incontinence
Bed pads and underpads offer comfort and security to those living with incontinence. Designed with you in mind, incontinence bed pads are available in both disposable and reusable forms and with different features to best suit your personal needs. Lay an absorbent bed pad on top of your mattress, tuck an underpad beneath it, or choose a fully zippered waterproof cover to fully encase it. Allegromedical.com offers a wide range of incontinence bed pads, mattress protectors and underpads at the best prices guaranteed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I use incontinence bed pads?
Incontinence mattress pads are useful as an extra layer of protection to prevent urine or fecal matter from reaching bedding. There are several types of bed pads for incontinence. Absorbent bed pads can be spread atop bedding to protect both the sheets and the mattress. Incontinence bed sheets are another product useful to protect mattresses that are not waterproof.
Alternatively, waterproof mattress covers and bed pads are designed to be placed on the mattress directly. They work by preventing moisture from seeping through to the mattress itself. Instead of needing to deep clean the mattress, waterproof mattress covers can be wiped clean and sanitized.
How do I wash and dry incontinence bed pads?
Disposable bed pads are popular because there is no need to launder them. However, reusable underpads can save money. Washing reusable underpads is usually no more difficult than your average load of laundry. You may not want to wash them with the rest of the household’s laundry, however. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for detergent, wash and dry cycles, and fabric softener.
Also be aware that tumble drying can take a long time and be costly for bulky underpads. If you have access to a clothesline or another way to air dry mattress pads, you are free to air dry them.
How do I protect my bed from incontinence?
The answer to this question varies depending on the level and type of incontinence. To ensure complete protection, a combination of incontinence aids like protective underwear or bladder control pads and underpads is most effective. For mild urinary incontinence with occasional leaks and drips, a disposable underpad on top of your mattress pad is effective. For bedridden patients or patients with severe urinary incontinence, you may want to pair bed pads with a waterproof mattress protector to avoid costly replacement.
Fecal incontinence will require some extra measures. Disposable bed pads or reusable hospital bed pads are best used atop sheets to help protect them and to make laundering easier. Beneath the sheets, make sure to use a waterproof mattress cover to prevent fecal matter from coming into contact with the mattress.
Should I choose disposable or reusable underpads for my bed?
This is largely a matter of personal preference. In cases of mild incontinence, reusable bed pads can save you money since they can be laundered and reused many times. They’re also ideal for sporadic incidents or overnight protection. You can remove and launder them in the morning, and they will be ready to go by evening.
In cases of severe incontinence or in cases where you may not want to do extra laundry, disposable bed pads may be the better choice. These are designed to be changed as needed throughout the day and night. Once used, simply dispose of it and place a new one on the bed.
Can I use an underpad with a waterproof mattress cover?
Yes, you can pair an underpad with a waterproof hospital mattress cover. In fact, in some cases, this may be the preferable way to protect the bed. Underpads are designed with absorbent material, and many feature waterproof back covers to prevent moisture from reaching the bed. This is especially true if incontinence is severe or happens overnight when you may not wake to change the underpad. In these cases, pair an underpad with a waterproof bed pad to make sure that liquid and fecal matter can’t reach the mattress.
What are some alternative uses for underpads?
Underpads and hospital bed pads don’t always have to be used on beds. In fact, they can be used in a number of different ways to protect surfaces. Place them on chairs or sofas to prevent leaks from reaching the upholstery. Use them to cover carpet if you are working around the house and anticipating a spill. They can be used to protect wheelchair seats, too. Some people have even used underpads to paper train pets or as temporary doormats.