Incontinence definition is the lack of voluntary control over urination or defecation, and it can be a messy matter. If you are caring for a loved one that experiences bowel or urinary incontinence, incontinence supplies are essential.
There are many incontinence types and a vast array of products that help one treat and care for the incontinence of the bowels. At ProHeal, we sell reusable incontinence pads for beds, incontinence briefs for men, and incontinence bed pads disposable.
What Are Underpads?
Underpads are rectangular materials that catch and absorb any body leakage, protecting your furniture from stains. Depending on your needs, they come in various sizes, absorbency levels, and features.
What Are Chucks Pads?
Chucks is a slang term referring to incontinence underpads. The reason the pads got this nickname is that once soiled, you chuck the pad in the trash (or in the washing machine if they're reusable).
Which Underpad Is Right For Me, Reusable vs. Disposable?
Generally, there are two types of underpads, reusable and disposable, and each has its benefits.
- Quick and convenient clean up
- Great for travel
- Often more absorbent options than reusable pads
- Softer and cloth-like material
- Reduced risk of rashes and skin irritation
- Hold more weight, making it easy to reposition your loved one
Types of Material
Most underpads are made from vinyl, urethane, or spun-bond materials.
- Vinyl is most commonly found on reusable underpads and provides a waterproof backing that locks moisture away from the furniture.
- PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) or polyester backings are often found on reusable underpads and offer better protection against slips (the underpad is more likely to stay in place).
- Plastic-like backing, or "poly-backing," is a feature of some more economical underpad options. While poly-backing tends to be cheaper, it can also trap incontinence vapors and, if used for too long of a period, can lead to skin irritation.
It's important to remember that the materials inside an underpad differ from those on the exterior. Many disposable underpads feature a polymer core, soaking up moisture and instantly turning into a gel, keeping the top sheet dry and comfortable. Polymer is ideal if you're looking for heavier absorbency.
Reusable underpads have a quilted or rayon interior, and these materials are more like fabric and are generally softer but less absorbent. If you want extra protection, lay a reusable underpad underneath a disposable underpad for added support!
Absorbency Levels and Sizes
Incontinence pads come in 3 general absorbency levels, light, medium, and heavy absorbency. Your needs and intentions for underpads will determine what level of absorbency you need. Additionally, the sizing of pads usually ranges from 17" x 24" to 36" x 36", and your preference and conditions will determine what size works for you.
Many medical brands sell chucks; there are Carewell and Medline chucks. ProHeal is unique because we have a large array of disposable and reusable underpads in tens of sizes, colors, and designs.
To read how to use disposable underpads, click here.