Elderly face many problems when doing the shopping
It is not surprising that more than 40 per cent of elderly people have difficulty in getting their supermarket shopping home ( May issue). I am well aware of the problems. Aged almost 86, widowed last year after almost 62 years of marriage, and no longer permitted to drive, I am fortunate that there is a reliable, hourly ‘bus service which I use to get to the local supermarket or into the city, around once a week.
However, even using a wheeled shopping trolley, there is a limit to what can be carried home on a bus, and purchases usually have to be limited to perishables - vegetables, fruit, and so on, which I need to choose for myself.
Every few weeks I place an order online for a delivery of heavy, bulky or longerlasting groceries.
There is one city centre retailer, specialising in frozen foods, which delivers for a minimum order of £20 ( in shop) or £25 ( online).
However, the range of general groceries is limited compared with outof-town supermarkets.
One supermarket will deliver for as little as £1, depending on the day and time, with a minimum order of £40. Another delivers without charge, any day or time, but with a minimum order of £60.
Even several weeks apart, these totals are not always easy to achieve.
Another problem is that many items seem to be aimed at families, especially the special offers like ‘buy one, get one half-price’ or ‘three chickens for £10’.
There are very few that an elderly person living alone can take advantage of. A cabbage lasts me for a full week, even eaten daily!
RAY WHILEY Eaton Norfolk