As our loved ones age, one of the more prominent worries they face comes to “accidents”, either via bowel movements or urinary accidents.
This means that finding economical, high quality sources of incontinence supplies is of paramount importance to seniors and their caregivers.
So, to that end, I wanted to take some time and write about not only the different types of incontinence supplies, but also payment options, where to get samples, bulk shipments for discounts, etc…
First of all, let’s discuss the types of incontinence supplies that are available first…
Protective Underwear and Briefs – these disposable underwear have different absorbency areas for men and women (because our “plumbing” is different) and can be purchased by the pack. Typically these packs come in ranges of 20-40 units per pack.
And while there are plenty of places you can purchase these, one of the most affordable has to be the wholesale warehouses. From here, I mean Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s, etc…
On my last trip to BJ’s I stopped down the aisle and quickly checked out a few of the incontinence supplies they had. First and foremost, I need to make you aware that they do not carry very brand but they do have a very good mix of products.
And more importantly, the cost per unit was far less than other incontinence supply dealers I have found.
For example, when it comes to your typical adult diaper on Amazon, like a Depend pack (3 of 16) for a total of 48 diapers for $35.91 plus shipping. Note: if you have Amazon Prime shipping is free…
Now, at $36 for 48 diapers that’s $.75 a diaper.
But at the wholesale outlets they are far cheaper.
Just as an example of some of the incontinence supplies you can get from the wholesalers, I found a box of Berkley Jensen Maximum Absorbency underwear for Men and Women for $29.99 for 64 adult diapers.
That’s less than $.50 a diaper, or 1/3 off of what Depend was charging.
So not only is the cost per diaper cheaper here, I have found that there are other incentives to purchasing at BJ’s (and that applies to anything, not just incontinence products).
I use my BJ’s Perks Mastercard when I go shopping there…and then immediately pay the bill when it comes in. But the point is that you get 5% back on all of your in-club purchases. The point is that this means even further savings if you are living on a shoestring budget.
Take a look below for my current Rewards points…
It’s always a nice thing when you go to the counter and the system automatically takes $20 off the bill. So if you have the option of doing this to pay for your incontinence supplies do it.
Note: As I was writing this article I received an email from Depends about their partnership with Costco, one of the “Big Box” wholesalers I mentioned above. They were offering free shipping for a limited time on orders.
So it pays for you to go to the big brands of incontinence supplies, such as Depend and Tena, and sign up for their email lists to tak advantage of these deals and specials when they are offered.
- Here is the link to sign up for the Depend email newsletter
- Here is the link to sign up for the Tena (link is at the bottom of the page) email newsletter
And these tips apply to the rest of the incontinence products as well…
Pads and Liners – These provide both comfort and odor-free protection against soiling yourself
Cloths and Wipe – For cleaning yourself when you need to get changed
Cleansers, Creams and Lotions – to avoid rash and skin irritation from wearing the diapers and liners all day
Disposable or Washable Underpads – these are for the protection of your bedding and sheets against accidents at night
Paying For Incontinence Products
Let’s not discuss the obvious, which is paying out-of-pocket. I discussed for you some options to pay a bulk discount above. So being that this scenario is out of the way, let’s move on and discuss a few other options that routinely get mentioned and discuss their viability…
It seems that this is the first straw that every seniors grasps at when discussing any form of medicine or medical supplies. And while Medicare Part B does cover what they describe as “durable medical equipment” incontinence products are not on that list.
As it states on the Medicare site…
So that is obviously out.
Here the story is different. First of all, if you are in a nursing home and on long-term Medicaid that is part of the bill that is paid.
In most facilities, residents are required to wear a diaper just to make life easier on the staff. That was the case at my mother’s facility.
So those are covered.
As far as those who are at home, it can vary from state-to-state but most Medicaid waivers (if you are on what is known as “Community Medicaid”) will provide some form of assistance.
So if you are on Community Medicaid the best way to determine what is covered is to speak with a social worker or your local Department of Social Services or local Medicaid office to determine what they can receive under this benefit.
Adult Diaper Samples and Coupons
I have already written about this topic so don’t want to repeat myself. But here are links to the two articles…
As I looked into paying for incontinence supplies, the one thing that I found that surprised me was the concept of a diaper bank. Now, these were originally created to help low-income families with the diapers for their infants.
But there are plenty that also help out seniors with their incontinence supplies.
Now, there isn’t a single all-encompassing list of diaper banks throughout the US. There is a very good list of some of the diaper banks for incontinence supplies that is hosted on the Simon Foundation website.
There is also the National Diaper Bank Network that I would contact and ask assistance of.
You can email them at email@example.com.
But what I would do is use your trusty friend, Google, and do a search for local diaper banks. You may come across something local that is not listed on the national sites.