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Expert Review – Waterproof Seat Pads



Waterproof Seat Pads


MANUFACTURER
Priva

COST
$20

VENDORS
Alzheimer's Store

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
These quilted waterproof pads are made out of nylon and polyester and have a vinyl waterproof backing. Machine washable.

PROS
Attractive; may reduces embarrassment and shame that often occurs when regular incontinence pads are used.

Available in several colors. This gives you more options to choose a color that also contrasts with the floor color. This make's the seat more visible to people with dementia, as many have problems with depth perception.

Protects the chair against stains and other types of damage.

CONS
Available in one size only - may not fit the chair you want to protect.

Note that not all the colors shown on the internet are accurate. For example, although one photo on the web is a soft rose color, it listed as "maroon" and the actual color is dark maroon.

The person may refuse to use the chair with the seat pad on it. If so, you may want to put the seat pads on all the chairs so the person doesn't feel singled out.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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