| Management Strategies
- Prioritize the shopping list, so that the items that are needed the most are at the top. If you need to cut the shopping trip short, at least you can purchase the essentials.
- Before embarking on a shopping trip, make sure that the person you care for has used the bathroom, and is not tired or hungry. This will help to ensure that the person you care for has the energy, and is less likely to become agitated and frustrated. Make sure that you have any supplies that you may need, and make sure you know where the washrooms are.
- Some supermarkets offer a shopping service for a fee, where you can phone your order into the store, and it will be packed and waiting for you when you arrive. If it has become too difficult for you and the person you care for to go to the grocery store, look into a program similar to this which may be offered in your area.
- Assign items that are easy to locate to the person you care for. If there are certain items on the list that they are comfortable finding on their own, allow them to locate them. This will increase their feelings of independence and involvement in the activity.
- If they are forgetting to pay for the groceries, or having issues with payment, then assistance may be needed. If they are able to handle the other parts of shopping, then your assistance may only be needed during checkout. It is important to try and give them as much independence as possible. This will also increase their self-esteem.
- Try and find ways to ease the shopping experience for the person you care for. For example, if you always go to the same supermarket it may be helpful to arrange a list of items needed in each aisle by aisle number. If they are having problems reading the list, it may help to cut out the items from the weekly flyer onto the list.