The Detroit Area Diaper Bank's Blog

We can’t forget the adults | April 5, 2011

A donor sent a $100 donation and asked that it specifically be used to purchase supplies for seniors. It was perfect timing because one of the Area Agencies on Aging I work with had contacted me just a few days prior to tell me they were running low and needed diapers.

As in the case of children’s diapers, Large and X-Large-size adult diapers tend to go the quickest and are not donated as often as the smaller sizes. And like children’s diapers, there are less per package as the sizes go up. Our partner said they get asked for Large and XL the most, so that is what I went out to purchase with this wonderful donation.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over the sticker-shock of adult-size diapers. We hear a lot about how expensive children’s-size diapers and pull-ups are, but adult-size diaper costs are just insane. Especially when you do the per-diaper cost of the Large and XLarge sizes.

I spent $129.91 and came home with 204 diapers. If you do the math, that’s an average of 64 cents PER diaper. When I break down the separate packages, the per diaper costs ranged from 53 cents to 86 cents. And keep in mind that I can purchase tax-exempt, so my dollars stretch just a little bit further, someone buying the same # of diapers would have paid $137.70, so their average cost would have been more like 68 cents per diaper.

This is a crushing expense for someone who may be living only on Social Security. We need to remember our seniors and adults that require incontinence products for any reason, be it health or disability. Making sure people have what they need to take care of their basic health and hygiene supports their independence, and perhaps more importantly, provides and retains their dignity. Aren’t those things we all want in our future?

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The Detroit Area Diaper Bank was a 501c3 charity that provided diapers to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan from 2009-2014. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Diapers are a huge hole in the "safety net" for our youngest and oldest neighbors in need. Please continue to donate and make a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!

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