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Young woman bringing an older woman groceries – plan your shopping

It’s important to plan your shopping

When you’re caring for someone, they need special things at specific times – medicine, for example. So your shopping takes on a new importance. To make sure your home is well stocked with the things your loved one needs, it’s essential to plan. 
 

How to plan your shopping

Sit down with your loved one and write a list of the things they need on a daily basis. Consider more than just food. Go through all categories of products. Think about medication, hygiene, incontinence protection, home and living aids, and any other things your loved one might need or want.
 
Listen carefully to her/him. Their needs might be different from what you expect. Later, go through the list with them to see if you’ve forgotten anything.
 
Your final list should include products your loved one wants. And things you know you’ll need to do a good job as a caregiver. Planning your shopping like this can save you a lot of stress, time and money.
 
Here are some tips to help you compile your list:
 
Food
  • check what your loved one likes and what they dislike – they’ll be more inclined to have a good appetite if you serve their favourite food
  • choose nutritious products, food that’s not too high in fat or calories
  • make sure you don’t buy food items your loved one is allergic to
  • ideally, meals should be easy to bite, chew and swallow
Medications
Collect all prescriptions, medication information and dosage instructions from your loved one’s doctor. Consulting these will help you accurately plan how you buy their medications.
 
Hygiene products and incontinence products
How many or much of these products you need to buy depends on your loved one’s condition. So, before putting any on your shopping list, think of how often you’ll have to wash or change your loved one. Figure out the overall weekly/monthly usage, then put those amounts on your list. 
 
Remember, you can never have too many hygiene products at home. Try to keep a reserve supply for emergencies.
 

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