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Q: does the VA Cover adult diapers for incontinence?

I am a US Army Vetran who has to wear Adult diapers to bed and I have not been examened by the VA yet and was just wondering if the VA covers diapers for prescription purposes?

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Ari, Community Member
12/27/10 7:25pm

Yes, the VA definitely does provide diapers. Unfortunately, they're Kendall Wings, not the best brand on the market. But they do the job. I use two when I get ready for work, one at home.

 

If you find some other brand that works better for you, you can get your primary care provider or urologist to write a script for them. You also might want to visit the Angelfluff Diaper Company www.angelfluff.com to find out how to get cloth diapers and plastic pants through the VA.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Best, Ari

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yomike, Community Member
3/22/10 12:39pm

Hi Jon,

 

I am a vet as well (USMC) and I have been going to the VA since 1997 when I had my accident.

 

I have no idea if they cover diapers or not, if they did they would most likely be the very low quality ones they use when you are in the hospital, but that is just my opinion...not fact.

 

My urologist is pretty good, but don't expect miracles.

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Scott Bernard, Community Member
4/25/10 3:27pm

I know of a product that is covered by the VA. No need to worry about your nights anymore. You only need a prescription and the pharmacy will fill it. There are hundreds of vets currently on this product. Check out the web site and see if it is for you. They send you free samples too. www.libertysb.digbro.com/807625

 

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John1971, Community Member
3/28/11 10:52am

 Yes they do. At first they gave me wings choise plus and they suck. I talked to my doctor and some other people and found out that you can have your VA doctor write a scrip. for name brands. I recieved Tranquility ATN's. I have also heared of the VA providing cloth diapers.

 

 You need to contact your rieginal pharacy and find out what types of name brands they offer. Diffrent riegins offer diffrent diaprs. 

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John1971, Community Member
3/28/11 10:52am

 Yes they do. At first they gave me wings choise plus and they suck. I talked to my doctor and some other people and found out that you can have your VA doctor write a scrip. for name brands. I recieved Tranquility ATN's. I have also heared of the VA providing cloth diapers.

 

 You need to contact your rieginal pharacy and find out what types of name brands they offer. Diffrent riegins offer diffrent diaprs. 

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davidmj04, Community Member
10/30/11 12:12pm

  I too am incontinent and have been so ever since leaving the Air Force in 1978.  I am a service connected veteran on total disabilaty.  I have been incontinent ever since being hit by a car in '72.  The VA has been really good to me.  My doctor wrote me a prescription for adult diapers and the VA has been supplying me with them ever since.  The main thing you need is to have your VA doctor to write the prescription.  As far as Angle Fluff goes, your doctor can write the prescription for cloth diapers and after being authorized by the VA, you can be supplied by Angle Fluff.  I am just now recovering from a stroke.  I have bladder cancer and have no bladder control what so ever.  Believe me being well diapered beats the alternative. Waking up in a wet diaper sure beats waking up in a ruined wet bed.     The VA has been really good to me.  

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Maj Tom, Community Member
8/17/12 11:50am

I too am a veteran that has to wear diapers. I have Multiple Sclerosis with chronic urinary and bowel incontinence. The Kendall wings classic and protection plus were totally useless for me. I would have to constantly change to avoid leaks and if you sat down or bent over you got that visible "ring around the butt leak".

 

When you see you doctor and  they prescribe diapers basically all they see on their computer screen is what is available in the VA's warehouse. If you go to the pharmacy  they basically will tell you that is all they have available.

 

Well I use to be in Procurement I knew they could provide better through various contracts.  I did some basic research and found http://www1.va.gov/nac/index.cfm?action=printer&template=Search_MedSurg_Catalog

 

When at the site (which is publically available) type in diapers. You'll find there is Sixty-one (61) pages of diapers both for adults and babies.

 

I found the one adult diaper that came highly reccommended by health care professionals "Molicare SuperPlus"   (I believe I found it on page 41).

 

Now click on that item and it will give you all the contractual infomation that the Veterans Adminstration Buyer will need to procure those diapers for you.  But before you anywhere you mmust tell your doctor that the Kendall diapers do not work for you. Get graphic with your description! In my case I asked if the doctor had any children and if they had ever tried the cheapy diapers on their kids! If so did they switch to the more expensive diapers and why? Believe me my doctor got a very good image in his mind of what he went thru with his kids.

 

Now the doctor will need to cancel the current prescription and issue a new one for the Molicare SuperPlus. That prescription will cost above what the claim is budgeted and available in the pharmacy and warehouse. The new prescription will have to be approved and budgeted.

 

If at anytime you have difficultly in the process get you VA social worker and Veteran Service Organization such as the Disabled American Veterans or Paralyzed Veterans of American Representative  involved. Once I did that they contacted the doctor, the chief of the pharmacy, the VA's buyer and showed them the info form that VA internet page within 30 minutes I was told I would have my new diapers with two weeks.

 

I have to tell you! Those Molicare SuperPlus are "OUTSTANDING"

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Norman, Community Member
12/14/12 11:28am

Are depends for incontence covered by va for veterans of Korean War ?

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gary, Community Member
12/26/12 11:01am

After my prostate operation, I started receiving adult diapers from the VA.

I am hoping they come up with a better design as the ones I receive are bulky, require tape and I can't hold them in place without regular underwear keeping them more or less attached to my body. However, the VA does provide them. Hope this helps.

 

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