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I am homeless and need ostomy care supplies. Is there anywhere to get help?
Since you appear to have access to a computer, look up the companies that make your ostomy supplies and see if they have Patient Assistance Programs. You'll have to print out a form and send some documentation, but some companies will send these items and prescription medicines for free (or very little cost) to people who qualify. Hopefully you have an address where you can receive these items, but be aware that in some cases they send by Fedex and you have to sign for them. I have received several Rx medicines and diabetes test strips for free through these programs when I was unemployed. Good luck to you.
I need free ostomy supplies. Can someone please help me with suggestions for finding a source?
If you have insurance, your insurance may cover all of your ostomy supplies or a part of it. (depending on your coverage)
There are some websites on the web that can give you a free sample to see if you like the product to continue to order more.
I have my Dr. write a prescription to the place I order from. My insurance company will then pay their portion of my pouches and skin care. You might also find out if your area has a cancer center. Many times ostomy items are donated from families to help others when their loved ones have passed on. Hope this helps.
In search of free or low cost ostomy supplies.
Go to your local pharmacy and have them check with the manufacturer of several different brands that you can or do use, to see if they have a patient assistance program.
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They help people who aren't insured to get the supplies they need. It is also a place where you can give charitable donations if you wish.
By MartyD from Houston, TX
I just wanted to thank you for posting the info about this helpful organization. I looked at their web site & they are truly doing Gods work on earth, helping those who need help but have no or very little insurance or money. Thank God there are people out there who take the time to run an organization such as this! ...Hopefully they'll get donations. (04/02/2008)
This is wonderful! A few years ago my mom had a temporary colostomy for about a year. Her insurance only covered so much & allowed so many per month. Sometimes she would run out, because she was just learning & there were many mishaps. Many times I had to stop at the medical supply store & buy them & was shocked at the prices.
When she did have her reversal, we donated her supplies locally.
Good for you getting the word out!
Trish in CT (04/07/2008)
I am an ostomy nurse at my hospital. I have patients who have had reversals or product changes. They have given me their old supply. Unfortunately wafers are used more than pouches because of leaks etc. I have pouches galore. I am part of a closed ostomy group. It is amazing how many people do not have insurances and now how many more will not have insurance or any help. Some have never had any Ostomy teaching. Thanks to this group many learn how to care for themselves. I have a friend in Tanzania who has a colostomy and no access to equipment. I am hoping to find someone can supply her with equipment even if there might be a minor cost. If anyone has any info I would appreciate the help. Thank you.
How can I get help obtaining ostomy supplies for my uninsured father?
Brittany from Paragould, AR
Is there anyone out there that can get me some help? I am very strapped for money and need these things, bags and wafers. If anyone can help, please e-mail me. Thank you. (07/13/2008)