Having access to healthy and delicious food is something that many of us take for granted. But for senior citizens who have trouble getting around, shopping for groceries is one of the hardest parts of life. Because of issues like this, many adult children encourage their parents to move to assisted living communities. However, there are alternative solutions for getting good food without sacrificing one’s happiness and independence.
Here are some suggestions for how seniors who have mobility issues can get the nutrition they need and the delicious foods they deserve.
Hire a Caregiver
Caregivers are compassionate professionals that help out with basic needs and daily tasks. You can hire these types of individuals on a per-needed basis by the hour, by the day, or on a long-term basis. If the senior in your life could use a little help with shopping, this is an easy task for a caregiver that also shouldn’t cost very much.
Try Grocery Delivery Services
Grocery delivery services are incredibly popular right now, not just for seniors but for busy families and couples too. As the son or daughter of a senior, look into what these services would cost and what they offer. Very basic services that deliver necessities like bread and milk may be available, or you can choose more comprehensive meal plan options with a company like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. If these services seem to work well for the senior in your life, gradually introduce him or her to the delivery service’s online system to transfer over the ordering and delivery responsibilities.
Look into Community Volunteer Services
There are many nonprofits in New York that focus on the needs of seniors and enlist the help of volunteers to deliver groceries. Do an online search for charities in your senior’s city that offer volunteer services. One example is Meals on Wheels, which partners with the Department of Aging and Adult Services agencies and local food banks to deliver healthy meals. This can be a great option for seniors who live alone and are on a tight budget.
Change the Way You Shop
If you’re a senior who can still manage to do your own shopping but get overwhelmed by the navigating aisles and crowds, consider changing the way you shop. Instead of planning your trip for peak times, like after work hours or on weekends, do your shopping in the mid-morning or shortly after lunchtime. It also helps to arrive to the store with an organized shopping list so that you aren’t having to travel back and forth between the aisles. Buying in bulk may also help minimize the number of trips you have to make to the store per month.
Utilize Vehicle Lifts for Power Wheelchairs
Many seniors are fully capable of doing their own grocery shopping, just as long as they have a little extra help. Vehicle lifts for power wheelchairs allow seniors to safely enter and exit their vehicle and securely stow away the wheelchair of power scooter for use in the store.
Dermer Stairlifts & Mobility has several wheelchair vehicle lift options to suit seniors’ vehicle and physical limitations. Whether the senior in your life has a van, SUV, pickup truck, or sedan, we have a lift that will make grocery shopping easier than ever before. We service the greater New York City area, including all of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester Counties.
Contact us today for a free in-home, no-pressure estimate to help the senior you love live a healthier and more active lifestyle.