The Best Waterproof Chair Pads For Elderly People

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Unfortunately your furniture may get soiled even when incontinent people wear incontinence briefs. You sure don't want to buy a new wheelchair or recliner chair frequently due to stains and odors either. Waterproof chair pads like these help prevent damage to chairs, wheelchairs, recliners, lift chairs, and more.

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Waterproof chair pads protect furniture and wheelchairs from urinary incontinence and come in different sizes, brands, styles, and prices. Doing your research is crucial to purchasing the best waterproof chair pads because this is a product you want to work every time!

So, I’ve done the research for you and found some of the best waterproof chair pads for you or an elderly loved one.

The Best Waterproof Chair Pads for the Elderly

Here are my recommended chair covers for elderly people with incontinence. These were chosen based on my personal knowledge of the brands and the recommended features below.


Vive Health Chair Incontinence Pads

vive chair incontinence pads (1)
  • 21″ x 22″
  • Polyester velvet with polyester wadding
  • Brown/Gray

Vive Health Chair Incontinence Pads guard against accidents, spills, and stains by absorbing all kinds of fluids including urine, perspiration, and accidental spills. They help protect your chairs, wheelchairs, sofa cushions, car seats, recliners, and other furniture from incontinence.

This waterproof chair pad is soft and noiseless. The base layer of the pad is waterproof and provides added protection against stains and leaks. The pad will stay in place without sliding or slipping.

The inner layer of the waterproof pad is designed with an ultra-dense composite material to ensure maximum absorbency. This interior layer will hold up to 2 cups of liquid! The soft blend fabric will help wick away the moisture from your skin to reduce skin irritation and provide the necessary comfort.

The pad is easy to clean and machine washable for better convenience.

Peapod Waterproof Bed Mat

peapod reusable bed pads
  • Absorbs up to 1 Liter
  • Two Sizes: 3’ X 3’ and 3’ X 5’
  • 300-500 Washes
  • Non-slip, grippy bottom

The Peapod waterproof incontinence pad is unlike any other incontinence product on the market today. This high-quality pad is reusable, breathable, and soft enough to sit on when used on your wheelchair, recliner, sofa, or lift chair.

These chair pads don’t have any crinkle sound or cold vinyl feel like some other pads out there. The brushed bottom of the pad helps keep it in place without unnecessarily moving. Plus, the3′ x 3′ size can serve as a chair cover to provide complete seat protection on lift chairs and recliners too.

Each pad can hold one liter of fluid and be machine washed 300 to 500 times. This chair pad consists of three basic layers that create a super-absorbent waterproof mat. The top layer is made of breathable terry cotton, and the middle layer is made of a polyester liner to absorb and disperse moisture. The third layer of the pad is made of polyester brushed material to grip surfaces and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) waterproofing.

CareActive Quilted Waterproof Reusable Seat Protector

careactive chair incontinence pad (1)
  • 20″ x 21″
  • Polycotton blend
  • Navy/Brown/Burgundy

The CareActive seat protector is extremely soft and durable. It is ideal to protect wheelchairs, recliners, and lift chairs from spills & urinary incontinence leakage.

The waterproof pad is made from the highest quality polycotton material including an absorbent top with a quilted design for added protection. The back of the pad consists of a waterproof vinyl backing to shield surfaces from fluid damage and soiling. The product can absorb up to one cup of liquid and is machine washable for durability.

This waterproof cover pad is twenty inches long and twenty-one inches wide to fit most any chair surface.

Medline Sofnit 300 Washable Underpads

medline washable bed pads
  • Multiple Sizes: 18″ x 24″ to 34″ X 38″
  • 4 layer cotton/poly blend
  • Knitted waterproof vinyl backing
  • One color: pink
  • Packs of 1, 4, and 12

I once worked as a sales rep for Medline and sold these pads like crazy to nursing homes and long term care centers. It comes in several sizes so go with the smaller size if you are going to use it on a chair exclusively.

It’s a high-quality waterproof incontinence seat pad that comes in a pack of four. You can lay down all four and peel them back as required. The pink pad provides for a few feet of protection in either direction and is generously sized. The quilted cotton surface is comfortable and durable to withstand repeated washing and drying.

This waterproof pad has a vinyl-knit, leak-proof barrier that helps protect your bedding and resist staining. The product also comes with a convenient resealable bag for travel.

RMS Ultra Soft Washable Incontinence Chair Pad

  • 24″ x 36″
  • Polyester
  • Blue

The RMS waterproof incontinence pad comes with four layers of protection with a quilted polycotton top layer.

The top layer is quite soft, and comfortable, and helps wick away moisture. The second layer is made of polyester fiberfill to offer extra cushioning while the inner layer absorbs and locks the moisture quickly. It won’t irritate your skin.

The non-slip bottom layer of the pad is waterproof to protect the chairs and other furniture. The product is latex-free for seniors who are allergic to it.

What To Look For When Buying Waterproof Chair Pads and Covers

Buying incontinence chair protectors for elderly people should be done with utmost care. There are hundreds of products out there, but all of them are not created alike. There are many important factors to consider when shopping for the best incontinence chair covers for your senior.

Many of these factors are the same as when buying disposable or washable bed pads for seniors with incontinence:

  • Reusable Vs Disposable. Reusable or washable incontinence pads are more cost-effective in the long run than buying in disposable pads. In fact, they are less wasteful and help protect the environment compared to disposable pads. Disposables are easier to use though because you just wad them up and throw them in the trash.
  • Size. Incontinence pads come in different dimensions. Make sure you know what size to order to ensure the pad fits the chairs you need to protect. I recommend at least 18″ x 20″ with 20″ x 24″ being even better
  • Material. If you or the senior you are buying for is allergic to certain fabrics, you should opt for recliner pads made of hypoallergenic fabrics. Steer clear from products that contain plastic since they will make an annoying crinkling noise. Make sure the product is breathable to prevent overheating when used for extended periods.
  • Non-Slip. The right pad should have a non-slip backing. If not, the pad may slip, move or bunch up under the user. This could result in a pressure sore or an unnecessary accident or injury.
  • Placement. The waterproof, non-slip side of the incontinence pad should be facing down on the chair or wheelchair.
  • Absorbency. Most waterproof pads claim to hold six cups of liquids while some even claim to hold up to ten cups. Note that the bladder holds only up to one to two cups of urine at a time.

Do you have any other suggestions or ideas for protecting furniture from the damage of urinary incontinence? Do you know of any better waterproof chair pads that you have experience with?

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Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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