South Carolina babies, children with disabilities and the elderly need your help.
Diapers aren’t only for babies…
National Survey of America's Families research study, indicated that families of children with disabilities experienced significantly greater hardship than did other families. According to Autism Speaks, the cost of caring for an autistic person over his or her lifetime is $2.3 million. Some of the expenses can be tabulated, like the $1,800 a year families spend on diapers for a 5-year-old child.
Unfortunately, for the vast majority of seniors living outside of nursing homes, Medicare does not pay for adult diapers. There are a few other incontinence supplies, which are covered, such as catheters, but disposable absorbent products are largely, if not entirely, the financial responsible of the individual. The CDC notes that there is a significant cost linked with incontinence. For example, in 2000 bladder incontinence cost adults an estimated $19.5 billion, and in 2010, the average cost for bowel incontinence was estimated at $4,100 per person.
Shame and physical and mental abuse can affect every person (baby, child, and adult) who experience a lack of diapers.
Services are on hold
After 4 years of service, we are stopping services for awhile to partner with other organizations to serve the entire state.
In the meantime, please check the National Diaper Bank Network for diaper banks near you.