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September 18, 2017

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September Dementia Awareness Month

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September is Dementia Awareness Month, an annual event held in September and organised by  Alzheimer’s Australia with support from the Australian Government. 

Although most Australian's know very little about dementia, which causes a progressive decline in ones cognitive ability including memory, physical functioning, social skills and rationality, it affects 413,000 people of varying ages as well as their families, friends and carers. 

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s cognitive ability. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. 

Some statistics, as stated in Alzheimer's Australia's  Dementia Awareness Month Media and Communications Toolkit.

  • There are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia (184,868 (45%) males and 228,238 (55%) females). 
  • Three in ten people over the age of 85 and almost one in ten people over 65 have dementia. 
  • In 2017, there is an estimated 25,938 people with younger onset dementia, expected to rise to 29,375 people by 2025 and 42,252 people by 2056.
  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year.
  • Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 years or older) and the third leading cause of disability burden overall.
  • People with dementia account for 52% of all residents in residential aged care facilities.
  • In 2017, there is estimated to be 196,490 carers in the community caring for people with dementia, and 94,670 carers working in the cared accommodation sector. 
  • In 2017, dementia is estimated to cost Australia $14.67 billion.

If you, a family member or someone you are caring for has dementia, remember you are not alone. 

Alzheimer’s Australia is there to help with information, support and advice and can be contact on 1800 100 500.   www.fightdementia.org.au

Dementia and Continence

For those providing care to those with dementia, managing continence can be complicated.  There are practical difficulties as the person with dementia may have problems holding on, finding the toilet, or even being aware they need to pass urine or empty their bowels.  

A helpful fact sheet from Alzheimer’s Australia can be found here

The Continence Foundation also has a number of resources that aim to help family members and carers manage bladder and bowel control problems of people affected by dementia. 

National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66)  or www.continence.org.au

Our range of waterproof, soft and comfortable mattress protectors ensure that for someone with continence they can sleep easier knowing their bed is protected.  If accidents occur regularly we also recommend layering two on the bed or using a bed pad or linen protector in conjunction with the mattress protector.  If an accident occurs the mattress protector or linen protector on top can easily be removed and one can get back to sleep quickly and with little fuss.

Our sister company, Buddies®  is also a valuable resource for people living with continence as well as family, friends, and professional carers.

Assisting with independence, providing support, comfort and most importantly, peace of mind Buddies®  offer a range of  Australian Made re-usable continence underwear, clothing  protectors, chair and bed pads.

With Buddies®  and Protect-A-Bed's Registered Nurse® , you can also rest assured our information and advice on continence care  comes from a qualified source.

To talk to our nurse or find out more about our range of products contact us today on 1300 857 123 or go to buddies-australia.com.au

 

 

 

September 06, 2017

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Spring Cleaning

 

Spring has sprung, and although it's time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, it's also allergy season and time to spring clean!

Did you know that approximately 30% of people are allergic to the common household dust mite which is present throughout our homes and within bedding.  By regularly spring cleaning your bedroom you can alleviate exposure to this common cause of allergies and asthma ensuring a healthier night's sleep for you and your family

 Get Prepared
  • Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies at hand.
  • Have three boxes at hand - one for rubbish, one for things that don’t belong in the bedroom and one for anything, such as old clothes that you might like to donate to charity.
Dust
  • Remove all items from dressers, dust down dressers and return items, dusting as you go. Go from one side of the room to the  other, top to bottom.
  • De-clutter - remove any unused items. Are they rubbish, do they belong in another room or can they go to charity?
Wipe down the walls
  • Clean off any marks. 
  • If you have young artists in the household and are using a cleaning block or another cleaning chemical always test in an inconspicuous area to ensure it does not fade or damage the paint or wallpaper. 
Clean windows and window furnishings
  • Clean your windows, inside and out. You might want to try using a 50:50 water/vinegar mixture with a microfibre cloth. Don’t forget the window frames and tracks. If needed a toothbrush is great for getting into the corners.
  • Take down and wash curtains.
  • Dust and wipe down blinds with warm water.
Clean Flooring
  • Thoroughly vacuum the carpet or floor boards. 
  • If you can, move furniture to get underneath.
  • Mop floor boards. Consider a professional clean for the carpet.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
Strip and clean your bedding
  • Remove and clean all bedding, including blankets, mattresses and pillow protectors. Washing in hot water (above 55°C will kill any dust mites).
  • Cover your mattress and pillows with Protect-A-Bed® dust mite allergy resistant mattress and pillow protectors.  (You will see the National Asthma Council of Australia's Sensitive Choice Program, Blue Butterfly logo proudly displayed on Protect-A-Bed®  packaging.)
  • Don’t forget to wash or have your pillows dry-cleaned.
  • Fold and put into storage any winter bedding no longer needed.
  • Wipe down the bed frame.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress
Clean out the wardrobe and dresser drawers
  • Start by taking everything out.
  • We all have things in our wardrobe and drawers that we no longer wear. 
  • When deciding what to put back ask yourself the following questions. Have I worn it in the last 12 months? Will I wear it again? Does it still fit? Do I like the way it looks? Is it damaged?
  • The things you don't need, if not damaged, consider selling online or donating to charity.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the warmer days but remember if your allergies are triggered by pollen stay indoors on dry windy days and especially after storms as these are peak periods for airborne allergens.   

 

 

And for further tips and advice on how to manage allergies this spring a great resource is the National Asthma Council of Australia's Sensitive Choice Program. 

www.sensitivechoice.com  #sensitivechoice #protectabedau

 


August 28, 2017

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Does someone in your family suffer from eczema or sensitive skin?

Reduce itchiness at night and sleepless nights by using fabrics recognised as sensitive skin tried and tested

One such fabric you may wish to consider is TENCEL®.

TENCEL® made from wood fibres has a smooth, non irritating surface.  Hypoallergenic it is softer than silk, cooler than linen, and more absorbent than cotton.  Thermoregulating wicking moisture away from the skin helping you keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

If you or a family member suffer from sensitive skin look  you should use a Protect-A-Bed® TENCEL® mattress or pillow protector. Endorsed by the Eczema Association they are sensitive skin tried and tested. 

Just like a fitted sheet, the smooth surface of the Protect-A-Bed® TENCEL® mattress protector can be slept on directly with no need for an additional sheet. 

They also have the added benefit of a breathable waterproof Miracle Layer® which you won’t notice it as it is soft and quiet (not like the crinkly noisy waterproofing many of us remember as children).

Protecting your mattress from spills and stains and you and your from dust mite, mould and bacteria allergens in the mattress. Approved by the National Asthma council’s Sensitive Choice Program and recognised as been SIDS & Kids friendly. 

 

 

August 28, 2017

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Don't let the bed bugs bite!

Bed bugs love to hitchhike on luggage and are an increasing problem in Australia.

Although found in carpets, the cracks in wooden floors and walls and the seams of furniture they are most common in mattresses. 

Small in size, they are attracted to warmth, and are most active at night biting areas of exposed skin while one sleeps.  Their bite causing an allergic reaction which is displayed on the skin as itchy red welts usually not felt until some minutes or hours after the bite.

Whether for use in the home or whilst travelling  we therefore recommend using the Protect-A-Bed® Allerzip® Fully Encased Mattress Protector.  Providing complete and permanent  Fit n’ Forget™ protection the patented BugLock® system, combines a dust-proof flap, three-sided  zipper, and a tamper proof Secure Seal™ ensuring it’s bed bug entry, escape and bite proof. 

It also provides protection against dust mites, mould, bacteria and other allergens. 

Layer the Protect-A-Bed®  Allerzip® Fully Encased Mattress Protector under a fitted-sheet style protector, which can be easily removed for regular washing with other linens.

When booking accommodation don’t forget to ask if they have bed bug protection.  A simple question could save some nasty bites! 

August 28, 2017

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Our commitment to you. If your new mattress stains, we will clean or replace it!

 

Buying a new mattress can be time consuming, costly and stressful, and we know you want to make sure that you protect your investment from ugly stains.

Stains that many of us think are a normal part of bedding but don’t have to be.

Caused by the nasties we don’t like to think about.   Our perspiration (the average person losing an average litre of water a night), shredded skin flakes (yuck) and everyday spills and stains that seep into our bedding.  Food for dust mites that also contribute to the growth of mould and bacteria. 

That is why at selected mattress retailers, if you purchase a Protect-A-Bed®  mattress protector at the same time as your new mattress we will replace it if our product fails and your new mattress stains.  Conditions Apply

Ensuring a clean mattress and a healthy sleep environment for you and your family.  Protected from the allergens that can cause Asthma and allergies.

All Protect-A-Bed® ® Mattress and Pillow Protectors Miracle Layer™ is breathable, silent and waterproof.  Soft and comfortable. Red Nose (SIDS & Kids) Friendly and approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program.  Proudly Australian made and owned.

 

August 28, 2017

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Take the worry out of sleep time

Bedwetting and toilet training can be frustrating and stressful for both parents and children.  The Linen Protector from Protect-A-Bed® ® helps take the worry out of sleep time.

Simply layer the Protect-A-Bed® linen protector over a Protect-A-Bed® fitted mattress protector and sheet.  With tuck-in sides it spans the mid section of the bed and is soft, comfortable and waterproof.  

There is no need to change the entire bed if an accident or spill occurs simply remove the linen protector and you and your child can  quickly go back to sleep knowing the  bed is still protected by the mattress protector. 


Red Nose (SIDS & Kids) friendly and approved by the National Asthma Councils Sensitive Choice Program.

#protectabedau  #ordinarymadeextraordinary  #healthysleep  #mattressprotectors
    
August 28, 2017

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My children have waterproof mattress protectors on their bed but I don't think I need one. Why is it recommended?

We spend one third of our lives in bed so it is important that our sleep environment is healthy.  This ensures a better nights sleep and overall better well being.  

Although we don’t like to talk about it we all know that mattresses and pillows can yellow over time.  Many of us think this is just a normal part of bedding, but it does not have to be and shouldn’t.  Those stains are often caused by our perspiration (the average person losing an average litre of water a night), shredded skin flakes (yuk) and everyday spills and stains that seep into our bedding.  Food for dust mites whilst also contributing to the growth of mould and bacteria. 

A waterproof mattress protector, protects the mattress from these nasties and you and your  family from the resulting allergens.  They are therefore a must for a healthy sleep zone. 

Protect-A-Bed® ’s range of Mattress and Pillow Protectors includes a waterproof Miracle Layer™. You won’t even know you have waterproofing on your bed.   Soft, comfortable and breathable it let’s air but not spills and stains through. 

Available in a full range of sizes and a number of fabrics including TENCEL® which is sensitive skin tried and tested, endorsed by the Eczema Association.  Approved by the National Asthma council’s Sensitive Choice Program and recognised as been SIDS & Kids friendly.