As a caregiver or a senior citizen, you’re probably figuring out how to schedule any future outings to the grocery store. The CDC is still recommending that all who are above the age of 65 remain indoors for the foreseeable future. Yet, life goes on and we do need to eat!
Thus, if you are a senior citizen or home health aide, the following is a quick guideline for staying healthy while visiting the grocery store.
Preparation is Key
The best way to enter the grocery store is to create a plan. This includes thinking of recipes that you would like to make for yourself or your loved one. Try to choose recipes that vary in flavor, but use similar ingredients. For example, thai coconut curry and chicken noodle soup are vastly different dishes, but they share many core ingredients!
Once you have your food needs, try to organize your list by department in the grocery store. Namely, lump together all fresh produce, combine all grains under a similar subheading, and combine all paper goods together. The goal is to be able to efficiently visit each section only once, and minimize your time in the store!
Practice Defensive Shopping
One of the most important components of going to the grocery store is maintaining your personal bubble of six foot distance. You can do this by wearing gloves, a face covering, and neglect from touching your face.
Per CDC recommendations, when you are shopping, you’ll want to make sure to give yourself and fellow shoppers aisle space. This means being cognizant of lines, and adhering to the recommended six feet of distance.
Sanitize Groceries After
At the moment this article is being written, much is still unknown about the way this virus is being transmitted. Thus, we are all existing under the age old adage “it’s better to be safe than sorry”. Thus, before placing groceries away, give them a quick wipe down. Wash produce, wipe down containers, and sanitize any bags that you received at the grocery store.
Consider Delivery Options
If you are over 65 and would like assistance with groceries, there are a myriad of options available to you! Some stores, such as Walmart and Target, have a pick up program. Namely, you can place your order online and pick up the groceries in the parking lot.
You can also reach out to your caregiver network for any lower-risk individuals who could pick up the perishables for you. These potential grocery shoppers could be a friend, family member, or a home health aide!