2020 has been a challenging year for most everyone, especially seniors who are vulnerable to illness. With stay-at-home orders and social distancing becoming a major part of our daily existence, you or your loved one may hesitate to go out for necessities, including food, medicine, or hygiene essentials. Fortunately, many delivery services have expanded their services to bring those needed items directly to you or a senior. Here are some of the services that you or a caregiver can arrange to make life easier for your loved one who is safer at home during the pandemic.
Grocery delivery services have taken off in a big way. While they are not new, these services have become a mainstream convenience that people of all ages rely on to have both fresh and nonperishable goods provided. While some big names in grocery delivery may not be available in your area, the following companies serve most communities throughout the country:
- Amazon Fresh
- Fresh Direct
You or a caregiver should check with your local grocery stores to see if they also offer home delivery to save on a trip to the market and exposure to germs.
If your senior can cook independently or with the assistance of a caregiver, a meal kit delivery service may be a fun option. These companies send all of the ingredients for a meal along with easy-to-follow instructions for preparing the dishes. Companies such as Silver Cuisine, Home Chef, and Sun Basket cater to seniors who may have special dietary needs or restrictions to accommodate.
Cooking at home may not be an option for every senior, but restaurants and other stores offer additional delivery services. Meal delivery services including Door Dash, Uber Eats, and Grub Hub offer their menu items that can be delivered straight to you or your loved one’s door. Ordering is as simple as placing an order through a tablet or cell phone. For seniors who have limited funds, signing up for Meals on Wheels may be a great option. Since 1969, Meals on Wheels has offered hot meals to seniors at risk for malnutrition. These meals are customized to fit a senior’s dietary needs including sodium levels, caloric intake, and sugars.
Beyond food, items such as medical supplies, personal hygiene goods, and prescriptions can also be sent straight to the home. From mail-order pharmacies to subscription cleaning supplies, virtually anything needed to run a senior’s household can be shipped directly.
If you or a caregiver could use more advice about how to keep seniors safe during this difficult time, contact Home Helpers of Drexel Hill. We offer services and resources with your loved one in mind.