Maggie, 86, has lived in her home in Warren for the last 35+ years and still takes care of herself. She has a son nearby who checks on her and helps her out, but the only other support she receives is Meals on Wheels. She lives entirely off of her Social Security check, which she said barely, and often doesn’t, stretch the whole month.
Following an illness and hospital stay, Maggie experiences urinary incontinence and uses pads to limit accidents when she can. On top of being costly, Maggie says the pads she’s used are thick and uncomfortable and chafe her. She has to carry several with her if she leaves the house in case one gets wet, but then, she says, “I’m embarrassed and afraid someone will see them in my purse.”
So Maggie usually stays home. “It’s not as big a deal if I have an accident around here,” she says.
She keeps one diaper her neighbor gave her in a drawer, waiting for the day she has to go to her doctor appointments. Maggie was positively effusive about how fantastic the diaper was – the last one she wore “fit her like a glove”, it didn’t leak, it was comfortable, and she wasn’t worried about having an accident. You’d think adult diapers were a brand new thing on the market, listening to her go on about them.
But to Maggie, they’re a luxury. They’re expensive and she can’t get out easily to get them.
After reading this article in the Warren Weekly, Maggie called both the article author and me, asking about the Diaper Bank and explaining her situation. “I just thought I’d give it a try and see if this might be what could get me some help. It just seemed like such a blessing,” Maggie told me.
Thanks to all of our generous donors and supporters, the Detroit Area Diaper Bank can help make sure Maggie has access to the basic hygiene items she needs to be more comfortable both at home and when she leaves the house.
Dignity. Independence. Health. Security. Confidence. Aren’t those the things that everyone in their golden years deserve?
Aren’t those the things we all want?
Helping wonderful neighbors like Maggie is exactly why the Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists. Maggie could not have been more touched, thrilled or grateful.
This is what it’s all about.
Thank you to everyone who supports us, encourages us and helps us make a difference with diapers!