Age 65 and Good Health: Can I get my own groceries?

Posted by Gail, Volunteer Mentor @baxtersmom, Mar 17 1:01pm

I am age 65 and in good health (no heart or lung issues whatsoever). I live by myself and I have no kids. If I need to make a quick run to the grocery store at a non-busy time, is that okay? I don’t really have the money to pay someone to do my shopping. I spend a lot of time at home and don’t feel isolated by this at all because it is really my usual situation. But I just wonder if I should not even do a grocery run. What do people think? How are others in my situation handling this? I am not talking about going out to bars or restaurants, talking about basic once a week market visits. Any thoughts?

I think it depends on where you live and how widespread the epidemic is in your area. I have a lot of friends who are young and healthy but still doing their best to stay home and avoid spreading the virus so that it doesn't impact the elderly and people with chronic health conditions who are vulnerable to a serious case of COVID-19. While this coronavirus does not generally turn out to be a severe case in healthy people, there are some exceptions so I think caution is still warranted.

For grocery shopping, our local authorities are recommending that you use the pre-order option that some stores are now offering, or at minimum go to the store during off hours when there are fewer people. Our local Kroeger stores offer the ability to pre-order and pick up at the curb for only $5. They even put it in your car for you. Target and Walmart offer similar services, and I believe other chains do as well. These services existed before the epidemic but are certainly handy now. You might check and see if your local stores do something similar, and if not, at least go to the store during non-peak hours. Sanitize your cart, and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.

Stay well. I'm sure we will get through this but it's certainly crazy in the meantime.

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I think you need to do what you are comfortable with at this point… If you are out of food, you'll need to go to the grocery store. When you are there consider getting a few items more than you usually get. I don't mean hoarding, but get a few more cans of shelf stable foods like beans, and vegetables, rice etc just in case your town is locked down. Frozen vegetables too. I don't know if your grocery stores are still well stocked, ours are not. Maybe you can have enough supplies for twice a month instead of weekly trip. Remember try to stay 6 feet away from other shoppers. Some people who later tested positive show no or very little symptoms. It's best to take all precautions. Oh, make sure you wash your hands well after your shopping trip.

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@mayofeb2020

I think you need to do what you are comfortable with at this point… If you are out of food, you'll need to go to the grocery store. When you are there consider getting a few items more than you usually get. I don't mean hoarding, but get a few more cans of shelf stable foods like beans, and vegetables, rice etc just in case your town is locked down. Frozen vegetables too. I don't know if your grocery stores are still well stocked, ours are not. Maybe you can have enough supplies for twice a month instead of weekly trip. Remember try to stay 6 feet away from other shoppers. Some people who later tested positive show no or very little symptoms. It's best to take all precautions. Oh, make sure you wash your hands well after your shopping trip.

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@mayofeb2020
I’d like to add , as an extra layer of precaution, that when I do venture out to the store during non peak hours, I change my clothes when I return and I wipe down the bottom of my shoes or sneakers with disinfecting wipes. I also wipe down the item of every single thing I bought. I’ve always washed the tops of cans with soap and water and used soap and water on vegetables .even onions lol. My knife is going through the skin so I don’t want it contaminated. I have washed my reusable shopping bags but now I switching to plastic. I will still go to the store although not as often and I think, at this point anyway, it’s a good thing psychologically to get out of the house. I will be 79 next month and am healthy. I go for my 2 mile walk around 8 am when there are few people out. I’m trying to do my gym routine faithfully since classes are cancelled.

I could ask my daughter to pick up items for me as my family lives across the breezeway and I do computer work for her so am over there frequently but am now wiping down the work area because she uses it and is out in the assisted facilities . She just signed up for Telehealth so hopefully will be able to see more patients from home. Still, I keep my distance…no more hugs.

Don’t forget to wipe down the cars steering wheel (something I have always done especially when coming out of the gym) . Better to overreact .

I tried to stay 6ft away from someone in line at Publix and they cut in front of me lol. I let it go as he didn’t realize.

FL Mary..Queen of the germaphobes.

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@imallears

@mayofeb2020
I’d like to add , as an extra layer of precaution, that when I do venture out to the store during non peak hours, I change my clothes when I return and I wipe down the bottom of my shoes or sneakers with disinfecting wipes. I also wipe down the item of every single thing I bought. I’ve always washed the tops of cans with soap and water and used soap and water on vegetables .even onions lol. My knife is going through the skin so I don’t want it contaminated. I have washed my reusable shopping bags but now I switching to plastic. I will still go to the store although not as often and I think, at this point anyway, it’s a good thing psychologically to get out of the house. I will be 79 next month and am healthy. I go for my 2 mile walk around 8 am when there are few people out. I’m trying to do my gym routine faithfully since classes are cancelled.

I could ask my daughter to pick up items for me as my family lives across the breezeway and I do computer work for her so am over there frequently but am now wiping down the work area because she uses it and is out in the assisted facilities . She just signed up for Telehealth so hopefully will be able to see more patients from home. Still, I keep my distance…no more hugs.

Don’t forget to wipe down the cars steering wheel (something I have always done especially when coming out of the gym) . Better to overreact .

I tried to stay 6ft away from someone in line at Publix and they cut in front of me lol. I let it go as he didn’t realize.

FL Mary..Queen of the germaphobes.

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Hello @imallears: What great advise. Being extra diligent, yet try to maintain a norm.

Wonderful.

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@imallears

@mayofeb2020
I’d like to add , as an extra layer of precaution, that when I do venture out to the store during non peak hours, I change my clothes when I return and I wipe down the bottom of my shoes or sneakers with disinfecting wipes. I also wipe down the item of every single thing I bought. I’ve always washed the tops of cans with soap and water and used soap and water on vegetables .even onions lol. My knife is going through the skin so I don’t want it contaminated. I have washed my reusable shopping bags but now I switching to plastic. I will still go to the store although not as often and I think, at this point anyway, it’s a good thing psychologically to get out of the house. I will be 79 next month and am healthy. I go for my 2 mile walk around 8 am when there are few people out. I’m trying to do my gym routine faithfully since classes are cancelled.

I could ask my daughter to pick up items for me as my family lives across the breezeway and I do computer work for her so am over there frequently but am now wiping down the work area because she uses it and is out in the assisted facilities . She just signed up for Telehealth so hopefully will be able to see more patients from home. Still, I keep my distance…no more hugs.

Don’t forget to wipe down the cars steering wheel (something I have always done especially when coming out of the gym) . Better to overreact .

I tried to stay 6ft away from someone in line at Publix and they cut in front of me lol. I let it go as he didn’t realize.

FL Mary..Queen of the germaphobes.

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@imallears– Excellent suggestions! My husband is vacuuming like crazy, even tabletops. I just let him be and stay away. It's tough being confined with another person, the same person day in and day out! grrr. lol

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@mcryan

Is having groceries delivered by Frys or Walmart safe from the COVID-19

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Hi @mcryan. While nothing is 100% safe, it's definitely safer than spending time in a crowded grocery store. I found this article from Consumer Reports that gives some ideas for what you can to do make sure your grocery delivery is as safe as possible:
https://www.consumerreports.org/food-shopping/how-to-protect-yourself-from-coronavirus-when-grocery-shopping/
Best wishes to you and hope you stay well.

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@mcryan

Is having groceries delivered by Frys or Walmart safe from the COVID-19

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Thank you very much

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Is having groceries delivered by Frys or Walmart safe from the COVID-19

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@merpreb

@imallears– Excellent suggestions! My husband is vacuuming like crazy, even tabletops. I just let him be and stay away. It's tough being confined with another person, the same person day in and day out! grrr. lol

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@merpreb Ha ha! I hear ya on being 'trapped' with another person.

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@mcryan

Is having groceries delivered by Frys or Walmart safe from the COVID-19

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Hello @mcryan. You may notice I moved you discussion on getting groceries delivered to you during the COVID-19 social distancing period and whether or not it is safe. I combined your discussion with one of a similar topic titled, "Age 65 and Good Health: Can I get my own groceries?" Your topic of whether or not it is safe to have them delivered meshes very well with talking about how to safely get your own. @coloradogirl shared a good resource to check out. @mcryan, if you are comfortable sharing, are you practicing isolation, or just trying to prepare for avoiding larger crowds in public spaces?

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@merpreb

@imallears– Excellent suggestions! My husband is vacuuming like crazy, even tabletops. I just let him be and stay away. It's tough being confined with another person, the same person day in and day out! grrr. lol

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I wish my husband would help me clean. He plays on the computer, watches TV, and takes a nap every day! It's a good thing he and I have separate TV's. He likes loud, scary, fighting movies. I like Christian movies and love stories. I loved "Little Women" and things of that nature. No fighting! No guns! I like cleanliness and wish I could scrub everything from top to bottom. I need back surgery (which I do not plan on getting). God bless you all.

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Cook meals for your self, if you are the cook.
When he helps with the house cleaning resume cooking for him.

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@woogie

I wish my husband would help me clean. He plays on the computer, watches TV, and takes a nap every day! It's a good thing he and I have separate TV's. He likes loud, scary, fighting movies. I like Christian movies and love stories. I loved "Little Women" and things of that nature. No fighting! No guns! I like cleanliness and wish I could scrub everything from top to bottom. I need back surgery (which I do not plan on getting). God bless you all.

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@woogie– Oh, dear. Funny thing is I love the kind of movies that you both like! Have you talked to your husband about this? Can either of you walk outside? If so take a walk together and tell him how you feel. It's not easy, is it?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @mcryan. You may notice I moved you discussion on getting groceries delivered to you during the COVID-19 social distancing period and whether or not it is safe. I combined your discussion with one of a similar topic titled, "Age 65 and Good Health: Can I get my own groceries?" Your topic of whether or not it is safe to have them delivered meshes very well with talking about how to safely get your own. @coloradogirl shared a good resource to check out. @mcryan, if you are comfortable sharing, are you practicing isolation, or just trying to prepare for avoiding larger crowds in public spaces?

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Staying home as much as possible, but will want to visit a daughter that just had surgery.
She is recovering at a rented house close to Mayo Clinic. Her husband is cooking and taking care of her. We want to take groceries to them.

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@merpreb

@imallears– Excellent suggestions! My husband is vacuuming like crazy, even tabletops. I just let him be and stay away. It's tough being confined with another person, the same person day in and day out! grrr. lol

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@merpreb
I m sure a lot of people can relate to that. Everyone needs periods of alone time. But it’s better than being so isolated there is no one else around. Can you take mini vacations from each other ? One or the other go for a walk alone or set a time to be in separate rooms for a hour, for example. Would he be offended if you suggested it. How about you set a date time. Whoever cooks sends the other person away to another room to decide what movie you will watch . Someone can be the water and set the table . Then have a nice sit down dinner. Let the person who didn’t cook clean up the kitchen. Then one of you disappears into the other room to relax and come back when the movie starts. Sounds silly but people can get inventive when push comes to shove.
Remember when we needed breaks from having very young children at home? Same thing.

Not that this applies to you but I wonder if we will see an uptick of domestic violence is already volatile homes.

FL Mary

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