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Plastic/waterproof floor mat/covering

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Marnie63, May 1, 2018.

  1. Marnie63

    Marnie63 Registered User

    Dec 26, 2015
    Dementia really 'rained' on my parade today when I left mum too long and my sleeve and arm got wet when I transferred her to the commode!

    Anyway .... although there is wooden flooring in her bedroom, and she has, as yet, not trickled on the floor that much, I think if it seeps between floorboards, then it won't be long before we have a permanent aroma in the bedroom. I'm looking to find something that I can put under the commode area to protect from this. It has to be quite firm and rigid as we use a wheeled rotunda to transfer her from the wheelchair to the commode, and then to bed, so I don't want something that's going to stop the rotunda wheels moving freely as that will just cause me more aggro.

    Does anyone else use something like this? Any recommendations? I'm thinking perhaps it might be better to buy something large and fit it around the whole area, so that from doorway, under wheelchair, commode and bedside, are all protected. I guess I could get someone in to lay some vinyl type floor covering over the floorboards (or just buy and lay it myself!), but moving the heavy hospital bed will be a bit of a challenge with that.
  2. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I was thinking vinyl flooring myself. Please think of getting someone in to lay it for you. They should be able to work out the best way to accomplish that.
  3. acorns

    acorns Registered User

    Jan 25, 2018
    What about puppy liners? Not sure how they'd work on a wooden floor but they work in the bed and over a carpet ... Or maybe you could contact the continence nurse for assistance?
  4. Rolypoly

    Rolypoly Registered User

    Jan 15, 2018
    Vinyl flooring/matting would seem the best option.
  5. jugglingmum

    jugglingmum Registered User

    Jan 5, 2014
    I bought an offcut of vinyl type fabric in an end of roll shop - not sure if it was flooring or tablecloth and put it on the floor to cover the carpet when my daughter was small, it went under her high chair - it would have worked to move something wheeled across it, so would a largish piece put under commode work?

    This is a link to PVC tablecloth fabric which might work but I'm sure what I bought was cushioned vinyl (it was from this shop)

  6. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    DunElm do plastic tablecloth/oilcloth by the meter, but I think it would be v slippery when wet.

    Many of the carpet warehouse places on retail parks sell off odd sized pieces quite cheaply. 3' wide by 10' long might just fit your bill, where as it wouldn't do such as a kitchen so is usually cheap
  7. arielsmelody

    arielsmelody Registered User

    Jul 16, 2015
    How about a few large rubber backed mats - they would have the advantage of not being slippery if they do get wet, and you could replace them or wash them if they get soiled.
  8. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    Amazon do plastic non slip runners about the width of a wheelchair. I have one at the side of Johns bed leading to the en suite. It was about a tenner and has been pretty good.
  9. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

  10. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    I was just about to post the same recommendation, I have a runner and it does stay in place. I also have a small rubber back carpet, again works but it is not 'flush' with the floor, it was not cheap and is difficult to put in washing machine.

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