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reusable bed pads are amazing compared to disposable and let’s face it we never worried about germs in our washing machines when our babies had accidents.
my dad lives with me after one accident to many left him hospitalised and not allowed back to his own home on health and safety regards (they keep the old folk in hospital until a safe place can be found for them in the UK, that’s why they get the name of bed blockers) he was missing the reusable but the washable stay in place, plus they are not that expensive on Amazon and you only pay once.
26" by 30" I use 2 for on the bed, and one on any chair she sits in.
A case of 75 is in the mid- $30's
This is the manufacturer site so if you like what you see... Google Fusion Bed Pads and there are several suppliers but insist on the Fusion brand. Watch the videos at the bottom of the page to see the difference between other styles.
She stays dry.
Well, I couldn't and didn't. Asked her about the PUREWICK and she hauled one out. It is difficult to find the 'sweet spot' where it would actually catch the urine. It has a little bit of a whoosing sound and you can feel the air pulling through it. VERY unpleasant and even tho I was in actually pain from having a beyond full bladder, I simply could not use it.
The doc came in to check on me and said "I'll watch the door and not let Nurse Ratchet in--get up go to the bathroom!" Bless his heart!
MAYBE, if your LO has lost the ability to urinate on 'command', it could work. It's expensive, not reusable and often not covered by insurance.
I have not heard ANYONE saying that this was a game changer.
OdorBan Bought in gallon bottle at Sam's
Clorox Urine Remover.
Both worked great I used the OdorBan more often. It can be diluted a lot to make an air freshener and diluted in differing amounts can be used to sanitize, do laundry, floors (works great on bathroom floor for "dribbles") ... (and bonus when I do the dog's bedding it gets that "doggy odor" out)
The washable bed pad I used for my Husband was ConniUSA company. They make washable pads of different sizes as well as washable pads and underwear. The bed pad I got, 2 to an order were what I thought was expensive but one pad will retain over a gallon of fluid!
I will say that changing him at least every 2 hours I went through a LOT of disposable briefs. Both Pull up type and Tab type. I honestly do not think I would have been able to keep up with the laundry if I had used washable. And that was when he was well, once he came down with Noro Virus and I think in 1 weekend from Late Friday afternoon to Monday morning I did about 40 loads of wash.
I think finding a good brand of disposable in the size needed is your best bet of ultimately making your life easier. She will be using MORE not fewer as she declines.
If you have a Costco membership several times a year they put them on "special" and the large box price is reduced quite a bit. (If you do not have a membership I am sure you know someone that does. I am always happy to purchase things for friends that do not have a card)
If cost is a concern many communities have "Diaper Banks" Check your local Senior Center. Incontinence supplies are also provided free for Hospice patients if your wife qualifies for Hospice it could be one of the best decisions you make regarding her care. You would get all the supplies and equipment that you need as well as weekly help from a Nurse and 2 times a week a CNA. And you can request a Volunteer to come in and stay with her while you get out and get some "me time". If your wife happens to be a Veteran the VA might have programs that can help as well. Contact your local Veterans Assistance Commission.
I have no idea what the New Year will bring with price adjustments.
You use it in the rinse cycle and the instructions say in order for it to sanitize, it MUST make contact with the clothes for 16 minutes to be effective! Depending on what type of washer you use and whether it allows you to interupt the cycle, if you have any questions for how to accomplish the 16 minutes, post back here as there are a few options I've figured out for this.
I found this product and started using it on clothes I was wearing into the hospital back in 2020 when the pandemic was new and I spent well OVER 100 days at the hospital with my mom over the course of the next year. Sometimes staying overnight in the chair in her room when this was allowed. Not to mention a few extra visits to the ER after falls once she went to the Rehab/SNF. This was the same time period where, as some may remember, they were advising us to disinfect our groceries before bringing them in the house. Whew!...Glad we learned that was not necessary after all to keep us alive!
I know Target, Walmart and Sam's all carry this product, and I've also seen it in Kroeger grocery stores. Costco also carried it for awhile, but I believe they've discontinued it, or at least in my area they have.
Good Luck with all this!
I used the pads for the bed from Amazon that ChoppedLiver described, and a waterproof mattress pad.
Lysol makes a liquid laundry disinfectant, Oxiclean makes a powdered one, but it can be expensive. If you use just bleach, use 1/2 cup for regular washers, 1/4 cup for HE washers.
If you belong to a bulk store, like Sam's, Costco, or BJ's, their house brands of briefs are probably repackaged Depends, and are cheaper.
These briefs are more expensive but are more absorbent and have softer material on the sides--I think they're probably repackaged Abriflex briefs: https://www.parentgiving.com/shop/dry-direct-super-overnight-underwear-9303/p/
I have to say, I've become a huge fan of the autoship.
If you have the patience for it, the aides at my mother's AL recommend putting an absorbent pad inside the briefs for extra absorption. My mom can still select her briefs from the closet, and was stealthily removing the pads I had 'pre-loaded', but if you're right there handing them to her that might be something to try.
I saw this on the Alzheimer forum regarding claiming a tax deduction for incontinence supplies, but I haven't confirmed this:
There may be a more current discussion at that forum about favorite brief brands--they are the ones that gave the DryDirect briefs, linked earlier, a thumbs up.
In case you are not aware, there are quite a few sizes of reuseable (washable) waterproof pads on the market (I get mine from Amazon). This is far, far, far less expensive option than using disposable liners. If you are worried about sanitation of your laundry, there are laundry sanitizers that you can use when you wash clothes (laundry sanitizer is available at the large discount stores and warehouses).
For her bed, I got a reusable (washable) pad that was large enough so that it covered the bed nearly top to bottom, and wide enough so that I could wrap it around the side of her bed and protect about 3/4 the width of her bed.
I also got smaller pads for the dining room chairs and her wheelchair. I looked for a car seat cover that was waterproof and stayed in place, however, I haven't found one. Right now, I'm using a pad that is large enough to drape over the side and on the seat itself.
Her floors were wood, so we didn't have to worry about wetting the carpet. We used OdorBan on the tile on her bathroom because she would let go, on her way to sitting down on the toilet, or get up out of the toilet before the stream stopped. Our only clue was that her clothes and floor were wet. She claimed that she sat down on water.
My Mom uses Depends (from Costco), however, she sometimes has puddles and we are at a loss as to how that is happening. Even though the Depends are pull on, they are designed so that you can tear them off at the side.
My Mom is now in a Memory Care unit. They take her to the bathroom at set times. She can tell when she needs to go to the bathroom to do #2, however, has no idea (or control) when she urinates.
If you are eeky about her sleeping when she has wet the bed, you can get a bed alarm.
If she has trouble holding until she can get to the bathroom, I suggest that you get her a bedside commode.
Good luck to you and your journey.
Thanks again for the good advice
Medline puts out a huge, very absorbent disposable Extrasorbs bed pad that will hold a gallon of fluid. You can get them here:
If you want to launder wet bed pads, these are quite good, although again, it's a nasty job:
Keep your own needs in mind, your age, the fact that you're already working very hard to care for a wife with dementia and a LOT of needs. The last thing you need in your life is to be dealing with huge loads of nasty laundry a few times a day. I'd go with disposable products, one and all. You can have those washable pads on hand to try them out, if you'd like.........but those Extrasorbs are AH-MAZING. Expensive, but unbeatable.
Best of luck.
The Extrasorbs sound like something that may do the job for me, have to check to see if they provide samples for comparison purposes.
Disposable is easy, convenient when out traveling or just out for the day.
Washable more economical and environmentally friendly
Just like the disposable you will have to look for brands that fit and work well.
I would do a Google search and really read reviews of the reusable products and see what is said about the quality, the durability, how they fit and any guarantee if any. With the disposables many places will send sample packs so that you can try the product.
OH, with the reusable products will it REQUIRE a waterproof outer pant in order to maintain the "waterproofness, leakproofness" of the product. That might be a deal breaker for me. They are more difficult/ delicate to wash, they should not be dried in the dryer so you have to have quite a few extra.