Adult diaper users and caregivers all dream of a flush-able adult diaper but in the absence of any such commodity you need to avoid the temptation to flush unless of course you are trying to prove a point via your pocket book.
Some 30 Pike County senior citizens are ticked off because Delaware Township is ending its contract to provide a space for their senior center because someone flushed Depends brand adult diapers down a toilet and clogged the septic system costing about $4,000 to fix, Supervisor Jeff Sheetz said.
“It’s ludicrous that they think our people would do such a thing. Our people are not vandals,” said Robin LoDolce, executive director of Pike County Area Agency on Aging.
The Seniors say a box of adult diapers is always kept in the ladies’ restroom, but the township frequently rents out the township building for birthday parties and pancake breakfasts, and anyone could have flushed the diaper.
“They are accusing us of something we didn’t do. There was a big kids’ party the day before it happened. It’s like they wanted to get rid of us,” said Mary Bowe, 86, of Delaware Township. “I question their motives. If we can’t use it, no one should use it. We pay taxes.”
The township has had a contract with the county for about two years, allowing the senior center to operate three days a week for $650 a month. Its final day in Delaware Township will be June 27.
“Do we have definitive proof? No, we don’t. But who else would put adult diapers in the sewage system? It seemed like a logical assumption to make, that the seniors did it” Sheetz said, because it was not the first time that this happened.
“We had a similar conversation months ago about a similar issue. The agency assured us they would provide better supervision of some of their clients.”
The agency is searching for another location but has not struck a deal anywhere yet.
The seniors say that there is not much for them to do during the week, so they really look forward to going to the senior center, where they can get a good meal and socialize, often over a game of cards.
Some seniors drive and others take a bus to the center. But not everyone is comfortable on the bus or driving too far. They say the Delaware Township building was a good central place for folks in Lehman, Delaware and Dingman townships.
“I can’t go on the bus and I can’t drive too far, so I know I’ll be out if it is too far away,” said Marjorie Miranda, 80, of Bushkill, who is worried about a new location. “I’m going to be sitting at home an awful lot.”
The agency hopes to have a new location by July so the program doesn’t lose momentum of people attending.
“This is a program where people’s lives are affected,” LoDolce said. “We will move forward and find another location.”
My suggestion on this matter is that if the senior’s need this location so badly because it is easily accessible from their neighborhood then the committee should charge a small fee of maybe five bucks per senior per month towards an insurance policy against drains blocked by diapers so that Delaware Township won’t see them as such a hassle; it’s all about each hand washing the next and getting the seniors to meet the township halfway from now on if they want to use the facility.