External Resources for the Aging

Financial Assistance for Adult Diapers and Home Care Supplies

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If you are someone who is in need of adult diapers or bariatric briefs for any reason, you are not alone.

Millions of Americans live with medical conditions that require them to use adult diapers in order to live unrestricted lives with the freedom to go in public or to rest comfortably in their own homes without fear of accidents.

For many, adult care products have benefits that are life changing. But those benefits come at a cost. The best adult diapers are highly discreet, absorbent and effective. They can also cost up to $4,000 per year -- roughly $350 every month.

Those people living on a fixed income or dealing with other monthly medical expenses should not have to choose which home care supplies to buy.

Luckily there are many resources that provide financial assistance for adult diapers and home care supplies. By using these resources, you can qualify for reduced cost or even free adult diapers. Some require a little work, but the deals you find will be more than worth it.

You may even be able to select the brand you use in some cases, meaning that you can still have access to the best adult diapers on the market today without breaking the bank.

We have looked into the top resources that will connect you with the best adult diapers for free or reduced cost.

Looking for help with affording adult diapers? Start local.

Depending on where you live, there are often local resources that are established to help those with financial need afford basic medical necessities including incontinence diapers for elderly. Especially if you live in a larger city, you may find that there is a dedicated organization whose mission fits your needs.

Search for nonprofits in your area that help with medical expenses for those who are elderly or who have chronic diseases or debilitating injuries. Other nonprofits may provide more general assistance for those in need. These groups may be able to award funding that can be used to purchase adult diapers.

Local hospitals may also have donations of products from those who have a stock they no longer need. Former caregivers or family members who have lost their loved one are frequent donors of these products.

There may even be a local diaper bank in your area that serves adults. While you may not be able to choose the exact brand or type of diaper you get, you can usually get access to diapers if you are in need.

The National Diaper Foundation has created this resource to help find diaper banks. And the Simon Foundation has compiled a helpful directory of possible diaper banks for adults.

Be sure to call the diaper bank to find out more information. Their inventory can change often and some only offer infant diapers and do not have adult diapers.

Check agencies that serve your demographic or unique classifications.

There are specific agencies set up to help people who are elderly, disabled, veterans or those who are classified as low income.

By connecting with those nonprofits or organizations who make it their mission to help people like you, you have a better chance at getting the assistance you need to afford the best diapers.

Here are a few places to start your search for the best free or reduced cost diapers:

  • Elderly in nursing homes who receive Medicaid, may qualify for the best adult diapers and other disposable, absorbent products to be covered. Once you enroll in the Medicaid program through your state, you will need to visit a doctor to get an official incontinence diagnosis on file. Requirements vary from state to state, but your Medicaid provider office or doctor should be able to give you more information about the kind of documentation you need and what will be covered.
  • For veterans, check the Veteran’s Administration or the Veteran Directed Care Program.
  • Check area chapters of well-known nonprofits, like the Salvation Army. They may be able to assist you if you qualify because they often partner with diaper banks or other nonprofits. Or they can help you find adult diapers for free or at a discount.

Find discount drug cards that greatly reduce your monthly costs for the best adult diapers.

Discount drug cards are widely available from different sources and were developed to help those without insurance afford their prescriptions.

These cards have greatly expanded their coverage since they were first introduced and they now regularly cover over-the-counter medications and home care supplies, including adult diapers.

If you are paying out of pocket for adult diapers or other incontinence products, simply present the card and inquire about the discount at the time of your purchase.

Purchasers paying out-of-pocket for home care supplies should always present their card and ask for a discount on any type of home care product regardless of if a prescription is required. Each card will offer its own unique discount, so be sure to shop around for the best deals for the brand of adult diapers that you prefer.

Use coupons to lessen the cost of diapers for adults or to get free samples of the best adult diapers.

Search online to find coupons that cover your favorite brands of adult diapers. These coupons can often be found online or in coupon books and are one of the easiest ways to get great discounts or even free products from the best adult diaper producers in the market.

While it takes some time and effort to find the best deals, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars each year by finding coupons for the best adult diapers on the market.

Shop for the best diapers for adults online at a lower cost.

Adult diapers are a growing industry and often brands will offer low cost samples to you to show that they make the best adult diapers you can buy.

Take advantage of their marketing strategies by trying out as many brands as you can. The bonus is that you will be able to test different styles and features of full adult diapers and other incontinence products to find those that work best for you.

Check your network.

Facebook is especially popular for crowd sourcing the materials and products you need. If your city or neighborhood has a Group page or other messaging group, why not ask if others have the products you are looking for? Or ask about local resources for the elderly or chronically ill.

Or you can easily search postings to find resources that others have posted about. You will be surprised how many others may need the same resources you are looking for.

Ask your local nursing home.

While your local nursing home probably will not have products to offer you for free, they probably can point you in the right direction if you aren’t having any luck in other ways.

Just contact their office and see if you can speak to someone who works with residents to find out if they know of any places that can help you find free or discounted diapers for adults.

Final Word

You may have to be resourceful, but there are many ways to get free or reduced cost full adult diapers.

There are many local resources, dedicated organizations, and knowledgeable associations you can turn to if you need help finding places free or low-cost diapers and incontinence products.

Remember that you are not alone in needing these products and that others have the same questions as you.

- Written By

Thomas Anderson

Geriatric Care Manager
Thomas Anderson has over 15 years of experience providing care and support to elderly individuals. He specializes in helping seniors manage their medical needs and navigate the healthcare system. Thomas keenly understands how to help aging adults stay as independent as possible while ensuring they have access to the best available resources.