Where Do You Shop for Caregiving Supplies?

About eight years ago, I met with a larger retailer (think bull’s-eye) and an incontinence product manufacturer. The manufacturer suggested that the retailer become a more attractive shopping experience for family caregivers and asked me to meet with their staff to share ideas. We talked about products to add and a store layout to modify so shopping with a caree in a wheelchair could be easier.

Nothing changed in the stores as a result of the meeting. But so much has happened in our communities. Perhaps the shopping experience hasn’t changed yet, but the number of family caregivers continues to grow (National Alliance for Caregiving estimates you number about 66 million in the U.S.).

So, I wonder: Where do you shop for caregiving supplies (incontinence products, clothes, personal care items, medications)? Which stores (in your community and online) keep you as a customer? Have you found one store (in your community or online) where you can purchase all the supplies you need? How can stores better meet your needs? Share your thoughts in our comments section, below, and vote in our poll.


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10 Comments on "Where Do You Shop for Caregiving Supplies?"

Jan 5, 2012

I shop at CVS and Target.

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Jan 5, 2012

Krogers for his prescriptions.
Walmarts for supplies and one over the counter medication purchased for pain in high quantity,
The internet for supplies.
A family drugstore for supplies paid by voucher.
CCS Medical for his catheter supplies.

The ideal store for me would be one that would accomodate my husband in a wheelchair, and sell everything from his esoteric supplies to the mainstream supplies…not at “above” normal cost and even take vouchers. …But I like the moon and the stars too!!!

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Jan 5, 2012

Amazon for us.
I have learned what “shut in” means so the freedom to go to the store and shop around is very limited. I can stay in my jammies and shop on line. I’ve run across some really good deals for our needs too :)

Jan 5, 2012

We get pull-ups at BJ’s, prescriptions at Rite-Aid (no choice there; they’ve run all the independents out), and colostomy supplies at a local independent medical supply place. Some meds come through Hospice. Though we don’t take Mary out, there is w/c access in all stores we use.

Jan 6, 2012

I don’t really have to buy incontinence supplies for Nicole except for baby wipes and/or cottonelle wipes.

I do get her prescriptions at Publix (grocery store) and shop at Target and Walmart for over the counter vitamins etc.

If I need O2 supplies and can’t get them from the O2 company I will go ahead and order them on the internet. I just purchased another 7 day pill organizer with morning, noon, evening and bedtime this morning on the internet. I hope this works better than the one I got at Target as it pops open and I lose pills. The new one slides. I saw a lady at Gainesville yesterday for Nicole’s quarterly PH appointment that had a nice pill box but I was to scared/timid to ask her where she got it.

Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 17 yo, VSD, PAH, Eisenmengers, BHJS
“If you don’t like something change it, if you can’t change it, change the way that you think about it.”