Have you had difficulty getting your absorbent products during the pandemic? You’re not alone. In fact, nearly 20% of people we heard from in a recent survey said they had experienced trouble getting the incontinence products they need during the pandemic, due to a change in finances (35%), not wanting to go out to purchase products (35%), or products just being harder to find (53%).
And while we have hope that things are changing – more and more people are being vaccinated every day! – we also recognize that times are still tough. Many of us are still stuck at home, some have lost jobs or have experienced other financial hardship, and others may have experienced a change in their incontinence needs, requiring new or different types of products than they did before.
But even though you may be stuck at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still get your incontinence supplies. Luckily, many companies have been providing home delivery services of incontinence products long before COVID-19 came to be. In fact, we truly believe that online ordering is the way to go for incontinence products, no matter what situation you find yourself in.
First, the most obvious benefit of ordering incontinence supplies online: You can complete your order easily online or over the phone, and, best of all, your products will arrive in a nondescript package at your doorstep a few days later. No feeling embarrassed as you go through the checkout line. Your products will arrive plainly packaged and you don’t even need to risk going out to get them. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.
Second, if you’re new to adult absorbent products, or are just trying out a new brand or type of product, online companies will become your best friend for learning which products will fit your needs. Most online companies have expert representatives that can help guide your purchase to make sure you’re getting the right product for you – much better than making wild guesses in a grocery aisle.
Third, you’ll often find a wider variety of products online than you may at your local store. This may feel overwhelming at first (who hasn’t stared aimlessly at the different options in the absorbents aisle at the supermarket?), but trust us when we tell you that options are good. And, with the online consultant to help guide your way, you can find something that’s totally specialized to fit your needs and help you with the decision process.
A few tips about online ordering if you’ve never done it before:
It pays to give them a call if you’re new.
Many online retailers offer their own brand of products, and their representatives can help you pick the line that works best for you. There are often products with specific features and uses – nighttime vs. daytime, different absorbency levels (lighter to heavier), pads vs. pull-ups, tabs, or no tabs. There are many options to choose from and some brands may work better for you depending on your needs. By talking through your specific incontinence symptoms, a representative can recommend the best product for you.
Ask about sample packs.
Let’s face it – the cost of absorbent products can add up. And if you’re not sure what you need, you could spend hundreds of dollars trying out full-size boxes of products that don’t work for you. That’s where sample packs come in. Some companies offer a variety of different types of products in one pack, which lets you try out different products without forking over extra money for a bunch of full boxes of items that may not end up working for you. This is a great way to try out a new line of products to see which one might work best for your needs and is much kinder on your wallet, something that’s especially needed during these pandemic times.
Ask about any special offers.
Companies often offer discounts or coupons, especially to new customers. Or, they may offer a special package of items for a discounted price. Free shipping, price matching, are all options that may be available. It never hurts to ask if there are any special promotions or discounts happening.
So check out the list of online retailers below, and give them a call. While we wouldn’t recommend stockpiling incontinence supplies, it’s always a good idea to have about a month-supply on hand. And when you start running low, make sure to reorder in advance and allow for enough time for shipping so that you don’t run out of supplies before your shipment arrives. Keep in mind that because of COVID-19 some shipments may take longer than usual to get to your doorstep.