Chair protectors are smaller versions of washable underpads designed specifically to be used as protection against leakage on chairs and sofas.
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Chair protectors are made from very similar materials to washable body-worn pads and washable underpads. Click on Pads for information about how washable pads are made and other aspects of using washable pads.
They are available in different colours and patterns that are intended to be aesthetically pleasing and to coordinate with soft furnishings.
Some types may have a quilted top sheet.
Chair protectors are only usually available in one absorbency level.
They have a special non-slip waterproof backing which makes them less likely to move on the chair and helps to prevent urine leaking onto upholstery.
There is no research evidence about how chair protectors work.
When placed on a chair, they show the user to be incontinent. If they are to be used as the sole product they require clothes to be pulled up (or removed) which is generally considered to be unacceptable for dignity.
You have to be willing to wash and dry the products.
Those that have a built in waterproof layer take longer to dry than the others. Drying in a tumble dryer can therefore be expensive and they are a rather conspicuous product to have air drying in your home.
Chair protectors are only suitable as a back-up for a body-worn product or if you are using a hand-held urinal.
As for other washable products, they are not really suitable as a sole product for bowel leakage.
You can read more information about products for bowel leakage.
Chair protectors are laundered in the same way as body-worn washable pads. Click on Pads for more information.
When used in a nursing home, it is important that they are washed at higher temperatures which will ensure pathogenic organisms are destroyed and the risk of cross-infection very low. The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed for washing these items.
Chair protectors are a relatively expensive item. However, like all washable products, they become increasingly cost effective the more often they are used, particularly if they are your sole product.
Their cost will vary depending on where you live.
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