#NorthShoreCares Committed to Helping End Diaper Need
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“When we alleviate the ongoing financial burden of diaper costs, we empower recipients to pursue a higher quality of life,” says Stephanie Bowers, executive director, Jake’s Diapers.
Focusing on Babies
Diapers are essential during a baby's first years. According to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), babies without clean diapers are exposed to more potential health risks and are less likely to be accepted into daycares, leaving parents unable to work.
This puts parents at risk for less pay for time off child caring or worse, complete job loss. Families with limited incomes or those experiencing economic hardships have difficulty purchasing diapers and other needed supplies. According to NDBN, 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
Adults managing incontinence living in poverty or with limited incomes may not get needed adult diapers and other incontinence supplies. This poses many health risks, including rashes, urinary tract infections and can lead to anxiety and depression.
According to PovertyUsa, nearly 10% of seniors in America are living in poverty. Baby Boomers today are facing more challenges maintaining their finances and paying bills than they ever did before. According to CNBC, Baby Boomers have less money saved up but have more health expenses than prior generations. Individuals 60 years of age and older still have mortgage payments and other debt to pay off, resulting in limited disposable income for necessary medical supplies.
Diaper Banks are a Great Resource
Fortunately, help is available for babies and adults. There are number of diaper banks across the country providing products and supplies for people who cannot afford to purchase needed absorbent incontinence products due to financial difficulties.
Most diaper banks collect products by partnering with organizations and individuals as well as through monetary donations. According to The Simon Foundation for Continence, diaper banks make sure donations are delivered to those most in need. By calling 2-1-1, individuals should be able to find resources in their areas, including cloth and/or reusable diapers.
NorthShore recently partnered with Jake's Diapers, a non-profit organization based in Wisconsin aimed at solving diaper needs for infants, elderly and those with special needs. Since it was founded in 2013, Jake’s Diapers has impacted individuals’ lives in over 20 countries, including in their own backyard in the Midwest, through provisions of tens of thousands of cloth diapers and other hygiene products.
Supporting the Adult Care Essentials Program, NorthShore is providing adult diapers and other needed products to veterans and seniors managing incontinence. NorthShore donated cases of the company’s top-selling Supreme Lite Briefs as well as made a monetary donation to Jake's Diapers. According to Bowers, Jake's Diapers has distributed nearly 200,000 incontinence donations since the beginning of COVID-19.
"Solving diaper needs is essential for people to live clean, healthy and active lives as well as creates a sense of dignity for those we serve," says Bowers.
NorthShore’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those managing incontinence by offering life-changing products with compassion as well as to help #EndHealthStigma for Incontinence.
"The partnership between NorthShore and Jake’s Diapers aligns the missions of both companies to help improve the lives of many by offering diapers to those in need while maintaining their dignity and bringing awareness to the ongoing problem of diaper need," says NorthShore President and Founder Adam Greenberg.
How to Make a Difference
If you or someone you care for has incontinence supplies they no longer need, consider donating them. There are many places that will take unopened packages of adult diapers, pads, liners and absorbent underwear. These include many local senior centers, community centers, diaper banks and other organizations mentioned in this article.
There are millions of families and adults who need and can use incontinence products. Consider donating today and helping individuals get basic products such as diapers so they can live clean, healthy, fulfilling lives.
Join NorthShore in ending diaper need for all.