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How Waterproof Bedding Can Improve the Lives of Seniors

Many seniors suffer from incontinence and bedwetting. No matter the cause, the issue can be both embarrassing and unpleasant. It can also be challenging to cope with, especially for those who live alone. However, waterproof bedding can make managing incontinence easier.

Benefits of Waterproof Bedding for Seniors

Waterproof bedding can aid seniors who suffer from issues such as incontinence and bedwetting.

With traditional bedding, liquids are absorbed into the material and can penetrate through to the doona or pillow within. So, accidents can result in a long clean-up process, including changing the sheets, washing the cases, and the challenging task of either washing or spot cleaning the doona and pillow. All of which can be hard work, especially if the accident occurs in the middle of the night. However, the alternative of leaving clean up for later isn’t ideal and can lead to stains.

Waterproof bedding can take the hard work out of cleaning up a soiled bed. As it creates a barrier, no liquid is absorbed or can penetrate the surface. As such, the doona and pillow remain completely clean and dry. And the protectors themselves are easy to clean.

Waterproof Doona Protector

As well as making cleanup simpler for seniors, waterproof bedding can also help maintain their health and wellbeing.

When accidents happen, a traditional doona cover offers little protection against the penetration of fluid into the doona’s interior. And, when that penetration occurs, it can lead to soiled bedding and the development of bacteria. Not only can this be unpleasant, but it can also affect the health of those using the doona.

Damp bedding breeds mould and fungi, which can lead to asthma, pneumonia, fungal infections, skin lesions, rashes, and more. While all of these conditions are unpleasant for everyone, they can be especially detrimental to the health of seniors.

A waterproof doona protector can create a barrier, protecting your doona from the penetration of liquids and allergens. It can be particularly ideal for shielding against urine, faeces, vomit, sweat, and other bodily fluids.

Waterproof Pillow Protector

Although mattresses and doonas usually receive the brunt of bodily fluids, pillows can also sustain a lot of soiling, from things like sweat and vomit. Additionally, drooling, which can be brought on by the excessive saliva production linked to diseases like Parkinson’s and some strokes, and other bodily fluids from the head can also contribute to an unsanitary pillow.

A waterproof pillow protector can shield against head sweats, hair oil, vomit, saliva and other liquids. It can easily be slipped on over the top of any standard pillow to fit beneath a regular pillowcase.

Cleaning waterproof bedding is also simple. Spills can be blotted away with paper towel, and the protectors can be machine washed. They can also be tumble dried on a fast setting. However, under regular circumstances, it is unlikely that waterproof bedding will require washing. If you do choose to wash your waterproof bedding, you should only do so once every six months or more.

While waterproof bedding is ideal for protecting your doona and pillow, it’s also important to remember to shield your mattress. To do so, you can either use a waterproof mattress protector or invest in a long-lasting and durable waterproof mattress.

A good night’s sleep for seniors starts with BedGuard. Browse our range of waterproof protectors to ensure easy clean-ups and improved wellbeing.

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