Adult Diaper Brief Banks: Your Guide to Helping and Getting Help

Marlene Ceragno and her organization,
The Adult Brief Diaper Bank in  New Jersey
Have you ever heard of a diaper bank? Most people have, but in regards to babies. Unfortunately, over 13 million Americans suffer from incontinence and need adult diaper briefs. And many of those who need them simply can’t afford them. 

Medicare and most insurances will not cover the cost of absorbent products unless the individual is living in a care facility. If they live at home, the individual often must shoulder the responsibility of cost for adult diaper briefs themselves. For many seniors and disabled individuals this means going without other necessities because their fixed income can only stretch so far. It also means wearing products too long, compromising comfort and skin health, as well as confidence, in order to make adult diaper briefs affordable.

But fortunately, there are places individuals with incontinence can turn to for help with affording supplies. Adult Diaper Brief Banks are a relatively new resources, but offer aid to those who need it.

The following is your guide to helping and getting help:


First, how can you help?

Diapers for adults usually cost over $100 a month. Public assistance and Medicare do not cover these costs, leaving many seniors with fixed incomes to try and figure out how to afford the products they need.

There is a growing need in the US for adult diaper brief banks. The economic downturn and large senior population have contributed to this great need for adult absorbent products. And you can help by donating funds or products to diaper banks across the country.

Many diaper banks have websites that accept donations as well.

Another way you can help is by starting a diaper bank. There can never be too many diaper banks out there. If you do not think you can do it yourself, consider trying to convince a local organization to start one, such as a church group or local social service center.

Getting Help

Most diaper banks distribute their resources using local agencies. These include agencies such as United Way, Food Banks, and religious organizations and churches. They are not distributed directly to individuals, and thus, if you need assistance, it is important to not just find the diaper bank itself, but ask which local agency manages the distribution of adult diaper briefs.

It is possible to find diaper banks by doing a simple Google search. Type in “Diaper Bank” and your local area. Then call to find out if they carry adult diaper briefs, and if they do not, if they know of an agency or bank that does. They should be able to direct you where to go to get the help you need.

Diaper banks are in place to help those in need. If your local diaper bank does not carry adult products and you need them, ask for them. If you can show a real need, they will likely do what they can to help fill it.

You don’t have to live without absorbent products or too few, or give up something you need in order to get protection. There are alternatives, and adult diaper banks exist and can help. Find out today!

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