If you are an adult dealing with incontinence, the cost of adult diapers, booster pads, bladder control pads, odor eliminators, cleansing wipes, body washes, and protectant creams can add up significantly each month.
Experts estimate that the average cost of incontinence products is a hefty $4,000 per year. For most people that is a big addition to their daily living expenses, and it can be difficult to make ends meet, and choose between buying effective incontinence supplies, and paying for other essential necessities.
Many incontinence supply users aren’t aware that there are resources available that can assist with the cost of these products, and it really is often a matter of if you do not ask, you are not going to be offered the valuable help that is available to pays for these vital products.
As a former licensed clinical social worker, and nationally-recognized and award-winning gerontology professional with three decades of experience, our Customer Care Manager, Helen Frank, says that, regardless of their income level, any older adult’s first call should be to their local Area Agency on Aging. The role of this federal agency is to promote and facilitate long-term care in the community, by providing services that help older adults stay safe and well in their own homes. It provides a wealth of services funded by the Older Americans Act. These services include care management, in-home supportive services and the provision of care supplies, home-delivered meals, and transportation. Older adults can access a care manager, who will work with them to ensure that they are taking advantage of every financial resource and service that they are entitled to, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans’ benefits, and local and non-profit assistance that is often a best-kept secret, and not directly accessible to the public. Call 1-800-677-1116, or visit eldercare.acl.gov to find your local agency.
Medicaid recipients, people with supplementary health insurance, and VA benefit recipients should check their eligibility for financial assistance with incontinence supplies. Incontinence pull-on underwear, tape-on briefs, booster pads, and bladder control pads may be reimbursable, or provided directly.
Users of incontinence supplies that have disabilities may also find valuable help through their local Department of Disabilities, which, like the Area Agencies on Aging, provides help and resources to assist people with disabilities to live well and independently. These agencies will also have access to other streams of help, such as non-profit organizations, that cannot be accessed any other way than through them.
People suffering from chronic illnesses and diseases can receive help by contacting local chapters of organizations dedicated to their condition, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the ALS Association, the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, and the American Cancer Society.
The keys to receiving assistance in the purchase of effective incontinence supplies are to seek out multiple possible sources of help, and be persistent in requesting the help needed.
Savvy product users living in senior communities have also realized the value of bulk buying products as a group, rather than individually. Get together with other residents, to determine which products you all need, how many you need, and share in the discounts of buying in larger quantities.