Caring for someone who is elderly, ill, or has suffered a stroke or other medical concern is a major responsibility that requires dedication, compassion, and support. It also requires the appropriate supplies and equipment. Providing the best care possible is made simpler and more convenient when you have high quality, useful supplies at your disposal. However, many will immediately consider the medical supplies, safety considerations, and complicated equipment used during some care procedures. What is often overlooked are the everyday items that can be incredibly valuable in addressing the comfort of the patient as well as the convenience of the caregiver. One such piece of equipment is the selection of bed pads.
Bed pads can be used in a variety of capacities not strictly limited to bed-bound patients. Though they have their main purpose in protecting bed linens and mattresses used by those that have incontinence issues, these pads can also be used on other pieces of furniture, and other capacities such as sofas, wheelchairs, and cars. These pads protect the furniture and reduce the amount of work necessary of the caregiver because instead of having to change all of the linens and the mattress pad, or clean the covers of other pieces, it is only necessary to change the pad.
Incontinence is not the only issue that can be addressed through the use of bed pads. Women who have very recently given birth may have concerns regarding post-birth bleeding. By using these pads, the worry of ruining sheets and mattress pads can be alleviated. Regardless of the reason for using such pads, selecting those that are most appropriate can help to maximize their benefit. One such decision is whether to utilize disposable versions or those that can be reused.
While disposable versions may provide the convenience of throwing them away as soon as they are soiled, which can be useful for those that go through several per day, a reusable version offers several advantages. First, reusable bed pads are often more comfortable and discreet than their disposable counterparts. Also, these products generally feature a highly absorbent core that will pull moisture away from the person, lessening the risk for skin complications.
The ability to launder such pads represents a financial incentive because it eliminates the need to constantly purchase additional disposable pads. If the patient does not go through multiple pads per day, using a reusable pad can allow for greater comfort, convenience, and practicality because a caregiver will not need to take extra steps to address the discomfort of disposable pads. This can reduce the need to launder linens as often, and caregivers can rest assured that the patient’s skin is being better protected.