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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.
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
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
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 familyGet Prepared
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.