As people grow older and start contracting certain diseases, many of them tend to suffer from incontinence i.e., lose control of their bladder. Many elders do not like to wear adult diapers when this phase arises as they feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. To overcome this obstacle and make this phase of their life a little easier and less embarrassing for them, the invention of incontinence products like disposable underpads 36×36 came into play. Underpads are also often used for children as an extra layer of protection from damage.
The ill-effects of incontinence to the patient and their family
Being diagnosed with incontinence is emotionally draining for a patient of any age due to the social stigma that surrounds it and the embarrassment that is attached to it. The anxiety and fear that comes along with it relating to not knowing whether or not they have leaked are seriously mentally and emotionally draining. It also emotionally drains the family members that are around the patient or need to take care of them as it is extremely difficult to watch them suffer from this condition and gets exhausting to change their clothes, sheets, and pads time and again, day after day.
The cost of underpads and other things needed to take care of such patients is also high. The financial cut is less obvious at first as it seems like the materials are affordable but over time one realizes that with the bills, medication, and additional care along with the underpads, the care of the patient gets quite expensive and draining.
Types of Incontinence products
- Adult diapers: These come in different types including briefs, briefs with cloth backing, briefs with plastic backing, briefs with refasten-able tabs, briefs with non-refasten-able tabs, overnight briefs, pull-ups, reusable diapers, belted undergarments, etc.
- Bed pads: Disposable underpads, Super absorbent underpads, light absorbency underpads, breathable underpads, washable reusable bed pads, etc.
Uses for underpads
Underpads are made of absorbent materials like fluff wood pulp and a hydrogel absorbent made of polyester, polyethylene, or viscose rayon. They have the absorbent typically white layer on one side and a moisture barrier on the other side that prevents the liquid from leaking through the sheet. It can be carried around and used in different situations as and when necessary
- To protect pieces of furniture: The disposable underpads can be placed on sofas, chairs, or beds to protect them from any leakage or urine
- To protect the floors: Some old use a portable commode that they place beside their beds or chairs to not need to take the effort of walking up to the bathroom to pass motion or urine. The disposable underpads can be placed under these commodes to protect the tiles or the flooring from getting damaged due to too any form of unfortunate leakage
- To protect the car/vehicle: Underpads can be attached to car seats to protect them from any damage or permanent stains from being formed due to leakage from either children or adults prone to weak bladder control
- To protect the changing table: While changing the baby’s diapers, they tend to urinate just as the diaper comes off. Placing the disposable underpad underneath the baby before removing the diaper can prevent stains from forming due to this unforeseen unfortunate occurrence
- Kitchen appliances: Underpads need not be limited to protect objects from urine stains; they can also be used as a short-term solution to leaky sinks and pipes to prevent the leaks from staining the floors and the walls
- Garage floors: Disposable underpads can come to great use while changing the oil in your car or doing any maintenance work on the car as it can protect the floors from grease and any other leaks
How to use disposable underpads
Underpads are quite easy to use and dispose of. The underpads 30×36 come in a box that needs to be carefully opened so that the pads can be easily taken out one at a time based on need. Once you take an underpad out, make sure your surface is clean and flat. Unfold the underpad and whip it away from you just like you would a bedsheet. Ensure the absorbent side is facing upwards while placing the pad down. Duct tape or masking tape can be used to attach the underpad to the bed to ensure the sheet doesn’t move but stays in place throughout the time of its use.Once the underpad has been used, fold it and dispose of it in a safe, hygienic manner that is not prone to leakage. Do not throw the underpads in household garbage cans as urine can produce a foul odor that spread throughout the house. The best method would be to have airtight containers as underpad disposal bins in the bathroom that is separately only used for this purpose.