For seniors who are experiencing mobility issues, shopping for food, household supplies or a gift for a loved one can be challenging. Shopping bags are often heavy and unwieldy, jeopardizing a frail persons balance. The joy and sense of fulfillment that shopping once held may now be replaced with a sense of uncertainty or even dread. Balance issues, combined with overall reduced physical strength and stamina, can make a trip to the store feel more like an exhausting workout at the gym.
The solution? A folding personal shopping cart, also known as a shopping trolley. A two or four wheeled trolley holds a large amount of supplies yet require very little muscle strength to move it. Most of us probably recall the old fashion wire trolley our grandmothers used. While that very basic type of wire trolley is still available at your local Walmart or Target store for about twenty dollars, newer styles in a slightly higher price range are quite sophisticated. Higher-end versions offer multiple pockets to hold a purse, magazines or simply be used for organizing purchases.
A shopping trolley is a must have for active, self-sufficient seniors. Personal shopping carts are available with two or four wheels. Two wheeled trolleys, which have metal front legs rather than another set of wheels, are a bit more stable because they are less likely to shift or move on their own. The four wheel “swivel” trolleys move very easily, almost too easily for seniors with balance issues. If a four wheeled trolley is parked on an incline it can begin to roll on its own. Lacking nimbleness and agility, a senior may injure themselves while trying to catch the rolling trolley. The four wheeled swivel
version may also be more challenging to load and unload.
For easy storage both the two or four wheel versions collapse, ready to be flattened and stored in a closet, slipped under a bed or left in the car. For seniors whose shopping trips are few and far between, the trolley can be used
to carry items around their home, apartment building. When visiting the library, use the trolley to carry books. Or transporting laundry, with it’s detergent bottles, can be rolled right up to a machine at the laundromat. How about moving trash or recycling to their receptacle? Personal shopping carts have all sorts of handy uses.
There are clever accessories which can be attached to the basic wire trolley. HDS Medallion, has created carry-all bags using Velcro straps to attach to the handles of mobility devices, shopping trolleys, carts and strollers. The bags are both stylish, functional and fun.
Personal shopping carts are available at your local grocery, big box store like Target, and online. After deciding on features and settling on a price range, I’m certain you will find the perfect shopping cart which will put the fun, and peace of mind, back in your favorite senior’s shopping trips.
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” ~ Erma Bombeck