Shop Online for Groceries Month has arrived. It was launched in August 2014 by Door to Door Organics as a way to acknowledge loyal customers and increase awareness of the benefits of online grocery shopping. Family caregivers that take advantage of this grocery shopping solution know all too well the benefits it brings.
In addition to saving time, online grocery shopping ensures a well-stocked and healthy food supply for their elderly parent and offers them the freedom to choose. Family caregivers can make it a weekly event in which they sit down with their parent and, together, create a menu for the week and an online shopping order. This is also a task that one of the caregiving team that is pitching in at a distance can provide.
It seems that there is a new company entering the online grocery shopping business almost every week. It’s a good idea to look for local businesses that support fresh food from local farmers.
Here are just a few of the many that you can choose from:
- Door to Door Organics is currently operating in about 15 states including New York and Colorado as well as many of the mid-western states. This organization specializes in natural and organic groceries.
- Amazon, the largest online retailer, has entered the food business. In addition to delivering fresh food, they recently purchased Whole Foods, which should take their food delivery business to a whole different level. Those with Amazon Prime accounts are eligible for free shipping.
- FreshDirect specializes in fresh, organic food picked daily from farms and placed immediately into shipping boxes—this means fresh food for your parent that has not been sitting on supermarket shelves. They also offer seasonal and gourmet items.
- Walmart offers both food delivery and in-store pickup.
- Safeway also offers the convenience of online shopping with 1-hour delivery windows.
Elderly Care Provider
Online grocery shopping can be a tremendous time saver to busy family caregivers, but delivered groceries don’t do the cooking or provide the needed social engagement. Studies show that meals shared are far more likely to be healthy and balanced. An elderly care provider can not only assist with the daily activities, they can also prepare healthy meals and provide transportation. But one of their greatest services is the companionship they offer your aging parent through conversation, social outings, and meals shared.