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When is a Seniors' Grocery Delivery Service a Good Idea?

Even though it feels like a fairly recent development, the first grocery delivery service dates back to 1989.  Most grocery delivery businesses whose efforts took place before the bubble burst of 2001, ended up fizzling away.  Since that time, the grocery delivery industry has made an enormous comeback becoming particularly popular among seniors and older adults.

Aging at Home

Seniors want to age in their homes for as long as possible.  We want to feel comfortable and independent as we enjoy our retired years in the same house, apartment or condominium we’ve lived in for so many years.  This prominent desire has spawned a wide variety of home and delivery based businesses.  Although the grocery delivery industry is not new, it offers an essential service to seniors and older adults who may no longer be able to perform grocery shopping on their own.
Perhaps your senior loved one is not permitted to drive, walking is too far, arthritis plagues their joints, or the chore of grocery shopping has simply become too much to endure.  Grocery delivery for seniors is the service with a solution to such issues!

Options to Satisfy Your Buying Habits

Seniors can arrange for grocery food items to be delivered right to their doorstep, however often they please.  Orders can easily be changed, altered or added to at any time.  If you are caring for an elderly loved one, you may want to consider setting up an account on their behalf, either online or over the phone.  
Over the years grocery delivery services have become increasingly comprehensive and although many at one point failed to offer perishable items, most will now accept orders for meats, dairy, produce and frozen foods.

The Benefits

Grocery delivery services offer many benefits to senior customers:
  • Competitive pricing – some may even offer a seniors’ discount
  • Time savings
  • Gas savings
  • No bus fare, or cab fare 
  • Avoidance of extra physical strain on the body
  • Increased independence
  • Lengthened time at home

Choosing the Right Grocery Delivery Service for Seniors

When it’s time for you to select a grocery delivery service, find one that suits your individual needs.  Consider asking the following questions which will help you make the best decision:
  • How often can you receive deliveries?
  • What is the cost?
  • How easy is it to change an order?
  • Are orders placed online or over the phone?
  • Are perishable items delivered?
  • If there is an issue with one or more items delivered, how is this resolved?
Finding the right seniors' grocery delivery service can eliminate one of the most burdensome chores in your life, or that of your elderly loved one.  When you feel the time is right, don’t be afraid to take a step in the right direction with a service that can help.
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