What Should Your Senior Be Doing about Groceries During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

by | May 11, 2020 | Groceries and COVID-19, Senior Care Cabin John MD | 0 comments

Groceries are one of those items that your senior can stock up on, but as she goes through them they need replenishing. That means that no matter how well you stocked up your senior’s pantry and fridge, she likely needs to go to the grocery store and that means something totally different now that there’s a pandemic.

Follow CDC Guidelines if She’s Shopping Herself

Senior Care Cabin John, MD: Groceries and COVID-19

Senior Care Cabin John, MD: Groceries and COVID-19

The CDC guidelines first recommend that your senior stays home if she’s feeling ill and that she wears a mask if she does go out in public. In stores, it’s still recommended to use social distancing and to remain at least six feet away from other people. Going to stores during times when there are likely to be fewer people, like early in the morning or later at night. Encourage your senior to avoid touching her face at all, which is easier to do if she’s wearing a mask.

Handwashing Needs to Happen Often During the Whole Process

Handwashing is still a highly recommended part of the CDC recommendations for remaining safe during the coronavirus pandemic. This is because washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds can both kill and remove the germs that cause Covid-19. As soon as your senior brings her groceries home, she should wash her hands.

Disinfecting Groceries and Bags Is Possibly an Important Step

Handling food packages and grocery bags is likely not a way that your senior may get the coronavirus, but it’s understandable if she’s a little nervous about those items. Wiping the exterior of packages with disinfecting wipes is a fast and easy way to feel a bit better about the new items. If your senior uses reusable shopping bags, she should wash them with detergent and then dry them on the highest dryer setting. Plastic bags should be disposed of and when she’s done putting groceries away it’s time for another session of handwashing.

Talk to Your Senior about Letting Someone Else Bring Her Groceries

If your elderly family member is determined to remain as independent as possible, she may see grocery shopping right now as a challenge that she needs to meet. But it’s also possible that she might start to feel open to having someone bring groceries to her. Senior care providers understand the unique needs your senior has right now and they can help her to get what she needs safely.

Your goal as your senior’s caregiver is to keep her as safe as you possibly can, and she might have different ideas about how to do that effectively. For you, that might mean that she doesn’t go into busy stores. If her idea is different, you may have to support her in the best ways that you can.


If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Cabin John, MD please contact the caring staff at Nest & Care today at (240) 261-1328. 

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva


Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.