The Simon Foundation for Continence

How to keep costs down for disposable products

In the US, there is basically no reimbursement for disposable absorbent incontinence products. Our senior citizens, who are on a fixed income, are really hainge a difficult time purchasing products, and are always looking for sources of free products - or at least at a greatly reduced cost. Other than a few diaper banks, there is very little that seems to be of help! I would love to hear of ideas that people have used to help keep the costs down, or of resources they have used that have helped. Or any ideas, suggestions, etc. Thanks!!

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This is a very real problem. In the beginning, when my incontinence was light to moderate I save quite a bit on my pull on briefs. By buying them at large chain stores like CVS or Walgreens. I was using Depend Real Fit at the time and what I would do was wait till they went on sale. Then I would also join thier store membership program. Every two or three weeks,they would email out an extra discount with thier membership program like an extra 15, 20 or even 30% off in store purchases. I would activate that discount when they offered a sale on the Depends and stack the savings. Now here is where I got extra creative. I would buy everything they had on the shelf (which was normally about 6-8 boxes) and ask for a raincheck. By CVS rules, if you want to buy a product on sale and it's out of stock, the have to give you a raincheck for that project at the discounted price so you and come back later. I would say I wanted another ten boxes and would get the raincheck. This normally lasted me till the next time they offered another discount on thier membership card. Where Depend was about $1.20 a brief, I could get it down to about $.80-60 per brief.

Later when my incontinence got worse, I changed to tape on briefs and saved by going longer between changes and just about cut my cost in half. Once I became more accustomed to thicker protection, I introduced reusable cloth diapers into my supply and saved even more.

I was able to go from a daily cost of about $6.30 a day in the beginning to about $1.50 now. The biggest single money saver for me was going cloth diapers.

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All excellent ideas! Thanks so much for sharing these with everyone who has to buy their products, and are not reimbursed.

I know some people may not like the idea of reusable/washable products, but if you can at least use them while at home or at night, you can cut your costs down in the long run (they do cost more to buy them the first time, but over time, they will cut down your costs).

I hope we will see other savings ideas from others!

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I can't use cloth because bowel IC makes it too hard to clean up the cloth diaper. The best I can do are dis inserts to catch feces. Cloth diapers are cause rashes because they feel wet.

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You are so right - Skin care is so important! Anything that causes rashes or skin irritation is a warning to stop using something that is being used. Staying dry is super important. Finding the right set of products to fully protect your skin is critical. There are a lot of products that can help protect the skin (moisture barrier ointments) and the skin should be gently cleansed with a skin cleanser especially made to not strip your skin of its natural oils. Do not use regular soap! Skin should always be gently patted dry - never rubbed.

Manufacturers do use a variety of internal products to absorb urine or feces, and finding the right product that does the best job for a person can be a tough road. Most online retailers selling a variety of products will be happy to send out a sampling of products, so you can test to see which absorb the best.

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Hello, I'm new here, and am very interested in that idea. I have only had bladder and bowel incontinence just recently due to an accident. So, basically I have no clue out there of what are better. I didn't even know they made cloth diapers for adults! Disposables are so expensive for good ones online, but I have no choice. It cost me $100.00 dollars last month for a 30 day supply. I now live on SS disability so that is a TON of money for me. Where do I find cloth ones at?

Nice to meat you!!

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Welcome to the group. I hope that the effects of of the accident are short lived but I'm assuming if it has already been a month, the doctors are elbows deep in trying to help you out.

About reusable diapers, I would suggest staying away from ones called "all in one". Those have all the different layers built in to the brief but my experience is those don't fit well at all and don't allow to be adjusted much if at all. Most quality cloth diapers will be larger versions of the typical flat prefold diapers used by babies. These require a waterproof cover made of either plastic or PUL.

Something else I would consider if I were in your position. Cloth would certainly contain and bowel accidents but it may be a bigger pain in the butt(no pun intended) to have to clean fecal matter out of them.

Just food for thought.

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Check adultclothdiaper.com they have quality products and their prices are fair.

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I just spoke with an IC guy in South Africa who told me he only uses two medium ID-slips every days for bowel and bladder elimination. Is he lying?

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There are several companies that sell cloth for adults. I am placing links to them below. Do check pricing and about the absorbency levels of their products. You will want to try and match the best product to your needs

continencecentral.org/Conni...

continencecentral.org/GaryW...

continencecentral.org/Prime...

I hope that one of these companies will be able to help you!

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Thank you much, I will check them out!

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I have not bought from this company yet but I am considering it they sound good and reasonable if anyone has any experience please let me know longlifediapers.com/index.p...

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I am not familiar with this company, but that could be because they are located in Canada, and I am not. You might want to check with the canadiancontinence.ca/ (Canadian Continence Foundation) to see if they can provide any information on them and their products.

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I forgot to mention that there is another major company that has been around for a long time that has reusable/washable incontinence products, and that's Salk.

Information on that company can be found with this link:

continencecentral.org/Salk....

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If you have light incontinence (or light stress incontinence), you might like to check out FannyPants for a washable product:

continencecentral.org/Fanny...

So often the trick with products is to find the ones that work with your incontinence type and life style!

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Hello,

I know exactly what you are talking about as I have been and well partially still am struggling financially without choosing correct products. I'm not in such a pinch like I was a year ago, that's why I chose products from hexanow.com as my main supplies as they are both good in terms of quality and in terms of price, although if money is your only concern and you don't care about quality you will find other brands more appealing. I personally rather pay a bit more for a great quality tho they are very cheap anyway compared to some of the biggest companies. I hope you are still with us here as it has already two months passed I see. Stay well!

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Thank you for your thoughts on this! There are many companies out there providing a wide variety of products not seen on the store shelves, that are a good quality and less expensive than some of the major brand names. I think it boils down to which products really work for you, and then finding the least costly source. And that sometimes takes a bit of doing, to check with a lot of the online retailers to see who will offer you the product that really works and then at a good price, and often with free shipping. It really does take time to do all the "comparison shopping" but will add up in the long run when you find a the best for you. I am glad that you have found a company and product that meets your needs!

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you should all use Gary Active Briefs - black or blue. I have 30 pairs of plastic pants and they are the best. They seal around legs and waist to keep venting of bowel accident odor.

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I'm new and don't understand the system I guess. It says there are 17 replies but I see only 4

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Try scrolling to the top and clicking on the 19 replies (it should be in blue) that are now there (as you added two) and see if that will load them all for you. I hope you will be able to see all of them. Reply if you don't, and I will try and get some help.

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I have had a little success at the larger thrift stores. I guess family members donate them when their loved ones pass away.

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