Every month, Medicaid sends me six bags of adult diapers, which I love because I never have to wash underpants, and I can change them as often as I need to, and they make me feel more secure, not to mention the fact that they're convenient as anything. This saves me a lot of money every month, because those things are NOT cheap. Not to mention, the ones they send me FIT, where the biggest ones I can get at the stores are a wee bit too snug and tear easily as a result.
Along with those, they send me four packages of adult diaper wipeys which are awesome to have, two tubes of this incredible ointment for if I get rashes, and six packages of those blue disposable underpads for beds and chairs.
I don't NEED all of this, and have told Medicaid this, but apparently their bureacracy cannot manage to send just what I need and no more. So I've got tons of extra wipeys (I use maybe half of what they send each month on those) and boatloads of extra underpads, and tons of extra ointment.
And I've been feeling guilty about taxpayer money buying things I don't need. Very guilty. I hate waste more than just about anything.
Today I figured out what to do with the extra. There is a wonderful lady in my church, quite elderly, who is in badly declining health and is mostly bedridden. She also has incontinence problems.
I called her daughter in law this afternoon and asked if they could use ointment, wipes, and underpads. My diapers would never fit her, and even if they did, THOSE I use.
The D-I-L was over the MOON at my offer. Medicare (very different from Medicaid) does not and will not pay for B's incontinence supplies, and she and her husband live on social security, so not much spare money. B's son and DIL have been paying for most of that stuff out of their pockets, and while they're not flat broke, they certainly aren't rich, either. Every penny saved is a good thing.
So my extras each month will be going to a worthy person who needs them and I can feel unguilty about the waste.
I know this might sound weird, but this is one of the blessings of belonging to a church community. Being able to easily find somebody to share a blessing with when you've been more blessed than you need. :)
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