Sarah William

Disposable Underpads Boosting the Self-Esteem of Older Adults

Many older people and adults with a disorder, injury, or disease that resulted in their loss of bladder control know the various kinds of urinary incontinence products.

As they grow old their muscle consciousness become weak and they cannot get a hold on the natural process. Hence they need some unrinary incontinence products such as adult diapers, reusable bed pads or disposable bed pads, pull-up pants, catheters, and bed and furniture protection.

What are disposable underpads?

Disposable underpads are a one-time use bed pad typically made up of a plastic waterproof bottom layer and an absorbent top and middle layer used to prevent any bodily fluids from staining or ruining furniture and bedding. They come in various sizes, including the disposable underpads 30x36 and the disposable underpads 36x36. There are some varieties with rolled and glued sides that allow for 'channeling,' which ensures that any excess liquid flows out only from the pad's side is overfilled.

Disposable underpads are also known as 'chux.' Chux was an older brand used to sell incontinence pads but doesn't anymore. Many people thought that places such as the disposable underpads 30x36 and the disposable underpads 36x36 were called ‘chux’ as they were thrown or ‘chucked away’ after use. They were initially unknowingly invented by nurses who did not want to do too much laundry.

Why choose disposable underpads?

Many adults that suffer from urinary incontinence already have a lowered self-esteem because of their 'embarrassing' loss of bladder control which is furthered by the need to wear adult diapers or pull-up pants to prevent them from soiling their clothes, chairs, and bedding.

The invention of underpads has rid them of such fears, embarrassments, and anxieties. Since they don't have to wear these wherever they go, it also gives them peace of mind as they don't have to be conscious about their condition 24/7. Disposable underpads can be used for any furniture, including chairs, sofas, wheelchairs, beds, and even under the toilet bowl to absorb any spillage.

Various underpads are available in different sizes, materials, colors, and even types, such as regular disposable underpads and super absorbent disposable underpads. Suppose the patient is planning on staying in one position for a prolonged period. In that case, the super absorbent disposable underpad is the better choice as it absorbs more liquid than the regular variety.

How to apply a disposable underpad onto a surface?

Lay the folded underpad onto the center of the bed or other furniture surface that you want to be protected with the plastic waterproof backing facing down towards the surface. Then open up the sheet with the sides hanging 8-10 inches over the edge. If the pad has an adhesive side, make sure to take off the backing and carefully stick the pad onto the surface. The patient can then sit or lay on the surface that has the pad with confidence for the next couple of hours. Once the disposable underpad is entirely saturated, carefully take off the place and toss it.

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