Taking care of a bedridden person is not limited to simply giving them food and medication. There are many health conditions that require caretakers to go beyond the basics; they must ensure that everything around the patient is clean and arranged in a way which is easier for them to manage the condition and live a relaxed, convenient life.
Urinary incontinence is one such condition, which is, basically, an involuntary release of urine from the bladder. Taking care of someone with incontinence can be a messy business. Since the bed is where the patient spends most of their time, it is prone to getting dirty and wet, especially at night. So, other than changing their diapers when required and ensuring their well-being, it is equally important to keep the bed dry and clean, which involves the following two tasks:
1) Layering the bed with mattress covers
It is very difficult for caretakers to change the mattress every now and then. Plus, if the mess is unfixable, you’d have to replace it with a brand new one, which is not viable, considering how frequently this could happen. So, covering the patient’s mattress with multiple layers of protection is the key to keeping the bed dry and clean. A highly absorbent, washable mattress pad on a flat waterproof sheet placed as the bottom-most layer, is the right option.
Once you have laid it down on the bed, you can layer it further by using a disposable underpad on top of it, that you can throw out when required. This way, urine will not reach the mattress and you will just have to change the top most layer, i.e. disposable underpads.
2) Using highly absorbent, overnight adult diapers
Since the bed is prone to getting messy at night, due to the inability of the patient to make frequent, sudden toilet visits while they are asleep, it is essential that the caretaker chooses highly absorbent, overnight adult diapers for them. In addition, you should also ensure that you get the right size that fits the patient well. If it is too loose, the possibility of leakage will increase. This, along with changing diapers when required, will not only protect the bed, but also protect their skin from getting skin infections.
3) Keep the surrounding hygienic and pleasant
Other than keeping the bed clean and dry, it is equally essential to keep the patient’s surrounding environment, i.e. the room and everything within it, hygienic. Even the smell of the room affects the patient’s mood, so you should use an air purifier, fragrance oils or scents to create a better ambience and ensure it is devoid of bad odours.
So, perform these tasks everyday to make sure the bed is always dry and clean. This will help the patient to be in a relaxed mood and fight incontinence with ease.