The run to the grocery store for all the ingredients to put together Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most time-consuming grocery shopping trips of the year. For many seniors, it's also the most stressful. They're going to be on their feet longer, pushing a heavier shopping cart, and dealing with more bags than usual. That turkey isn't light, either! Thankfully, there are several solutions to help seniors tackle their Thanksgiving grocery list.
There's absolutely no reason why your elderly parent has to be the only one doing the Thanksgiving shopping, especially if they've had more physical problems than usual this year. Decide who is going to help with the grocery shopping and which family member is going to be responsible for each dish instead of leaving it all on your elderly loved one's shoulders.
Even if your loved one prefers a hands-on approach to shopping, going along with them and picking up some of the items on the list for them can make it easier for them to get through that grocery run.
Go to the Store in the Morning
Early in the morning, the grocery store is often less crowded, which means that your elderly loved one will be able to get in and out faster. Not only that, there will be more workers on hand to help with tasks like bagging the groceries, taking them out of the cart, and loading them into the car.
Make a List Together
Sure, there are some things that you just don't remember until you're walking up and down the aisles at the grocery store; but making a list ahead of time will decrease the odds that your loved one will be all the way in the frozen foods section before they remember that they need an extra bag of sweet potatoes.
Encourage Your Loved One to Accept Help
Many safe transportation options for elderly shopping will also assist with the shopping process itself. If the driver will help carry in bags when your loved one gets home, they should be willing to take them up on it!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to gather together as family and celebrate all the things that you have to be thankful for this year. That doesn't mean that it has to be stressful for your elderly loved one. For more tips on keeping the Thanksgiving season easier to manage for everyone, contact us today!