Americans are being asked to stay at home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. Staying at home helps to stop the spread of the virus. When your aging relative stays at home, they have a lower chance of contracting the virus. However, even during a pandemic, people need groceries.
So, how can seniors stay safe while grocery shopping while the threat of the virus is still high? Below are some safety tips that can help.
Practice Social Distancing in Public
Experts recommend staying at least 6 feet from other people while in public. Some companies are directing traffic through their stores to keep things flowing in one direction, thus preventing shoppers from having face to face contact with one another. Most stores are at least asking shoppers to stay 6 feet apart while standing in line to check out by placing marks on the floor. Many grocery stores are also offering special shopping times for older adults and people who are at greater risk for the virus.
Prepare a Shopping List Before Going
Before going to the store, seniors should make a list of all the food and other items they will need for a week or two. Try to arrange the list by the department to prevent having to backtrack for a forgotten item. This will allow the older adult to get through the store as quickly as possible and limit their exposure to germs. It’s not necessary or even advisable for people to buy huge quantities of items since it can create a shortage.
No Physical Contact with Others
Your aging relative may be accustomed to shaking hands with or hugging friends and family they encounter while out shopping. However, that’s not a good idea right now. People may be carrying the virus even if they aren’t yet showing symptoms.
Carry Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
While most stores have disinfecting wipes available near shopping carts, not all do or they could be out. Seniors should carry their own wipes with them to wipe down cart handles and sides. Also, they should have hand sanitizer available to use before touching their face or after leaving the store. When they get back home, seniors should wash hands thoroughly.
Shop with Elderly Care
An elderly care provider can go shopping with your older family members to help them get what they need while also staying as safe as possible. An elderly care provider can wipe down the cart before the senior touches it. They can also remind the older adult to stay at a distance from other people and use hand sanitizer after leaving the store.
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