3 Ways to Save Money on Disposable Incontinence Supplies

Use washables, go for the generic brand, and buy in bulk.

By Clare Absher RN, BSN  

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1) Consider using a combination of washables and disposables.

Washable re-usable bad pads are widely underused, however, not only are they more comfortable, but they also provide better protection then disposable pads. If you find the need for disposable bed pads, then conserve them by using in combination with washable bed pads. Don't waste money on disposable bathing cloths when standard wash cloths work just as well. Be frugal with hand sanitizers as basic hand washing with soap and water is best. In order to reduce your reliance on disposable diapers and pull-ups, consider buying absorbent panties, briefs, and men's boxers that are specially designed for incontinence. You can also try less expensive diapers for daytime use, when incontinence is lighter, and insert a pad into diapers to reduce changes. Conserve your supply of more expensive absorbent diapers when needed for heavier night time incontinence.

2) Spend wisely on products that provide comfort or dignity and otherwise go for the generic brand.

Save money by purchasing the generic or economical version of disposable gloves and pre-moistened wipes because they tend to vary less from one manufacturer to the next. It is interesting to note that many generics are even manufactured by the same companies that produce higher-end brands. It's not always the case that "you get what you pay for" when it comes to disposable healthcare supplies. However, it may be that a special brand of diapers is greatly preferred and therefore might be worth spending extra. Be sure to keep on hand an abundant supply of inexpensive gloves and tubs of wipes to protect caregivers and patients.

3) Buy in bulk and online with today's easy access to internet and comparison shopping.

Buying large quantities will not only mean big savings on multiple cases of diapers and bed pads but most reputable merchants will offer free shipping as well. Beware of online merchants that have hidden shipping fees or slow delivery as that is simply not acceptable to busy caregivers. Online health supply stores typically offer more choices at cheaper costs due to lower operating costs in contrast to brick and mortar retail supply stores. Also don't forget the privacy and convenience of delivery to your front door and importance of saving your valuable time.

Clare Absher RN BSN

About the Author

Clare Absher is a Registered Nurse with 44 years of experience. Most of her experience is in home health serving as a caregiver, educator, patient advocate, and liaison between families and community resources. She has also worked in acute care, assisted living, and retirement settings. She is passionate about helping families care for their elderly loved ones at home.

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