Involuntary loss of bladder and bowel control can increase with age, meaning many seniors suffer from incontinence and in particular, night-time urinary incontinence.
Night-time incontinence or bedwetting can create feelings of embarrassment and shame in seniors. But, this needn’t be the case. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, almost 4.8 million Australian are affected by incontinence. So, you shouldn’t feel alone if you face this issue.
With the correct products, night-time incontinence can be simple and easy to manage. From pads and pants to protectors and alarms, there are many methods for reducing the anxiety around bedwetting.
Bed pads are an easy and effective way to manage night-time incontinence. Typically absorbent with a waterproof backing, bed pads draw urine away from the body. By doing so, they ensure a good night’s sleep for the user while preventing sheets and mattresses getting wet. However, it’s important to note that bed pads are not attached to the bed and can often slide out of place during sleep.
Bed pads are available in both disposable and reusable options. While disposable options are convenient and easy to use, reusable styles can be more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
For seniors whose bedwetting is not caused by a physiological issue, a bedwetting alarm can help reduce night-time incontinence. These devices are designed to wake the user from their sleep when they detect wetness. Once awake, the user should then be able to stop the flow of urine before going to the bathroom to finish.
As well as keeping users dryer at night, bedwetting alarms are also designed to train the brain to wake on feeling the urge to urinate. Although this process may take some time, it can be an effective way to help reduce or stop bedwetting.
Incontinence Pads and Pants
Incontinence pads and pants can be a suitable choice for managing bedwetting. But, it’s essential to select the right type for your needs.
Make sure you choose a style that’s suitable for overnight. Many pads and pants are only able to absorb a small amount of liquid, meaning they may leak if there’s too much fluid.
Other factors that can affect your choice include your type of incontinence, the amount of urine you generally lose, your physical capabilities, comfort preference and cost.
It’s also important to note that you’ll have the option of both disposable and reusable styles as well as designs tailored to the shape of the female or male body.
When soaked into a mattress, urine can cause stains, odours and hygiene issues. A mattress protector can be an ideal option for preventing this.
Designed to act as a barrier between you and your mattress, a mattress protector works to shield your bed from fluid, dust and other elements. Of course, for proper protection, it’s important to buy a waterproof mattress protector.
Waterproof mattress protectors are available in a variety of styles. Many are made from vinyl, which offers excellent protection but can be somewhat noisy at night.
When shopping for a waterproof mattress protector, you should purchase at least two, so you have a backup while the other is being washed.
When seniors develop issues of incontinence, it can affect them for the rest of their lives. So, investing in a long-term solution to night-time bedwetting is ideal.
A waterproof mattress can be an excellent method of managing chronic bedwetting. Designed to repel liquid, stains and odours, these mattresses prevent urine, dust-mites and allergens from entering their interior. By doing so, they maintain the highest level of hygiene, which is essential for the health of seniors.
As well as providing health benefits, a waterproof mattress is also easy to clean. When accidents occur, they can be wiped over with a cloth without any need for strenuous rubbing or washing.
BedGuard creates high-quality, Australian-made, waterproof mattresses for seniors. Browse our range or contact our friendly team to find out more.