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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- Book Talk (caregiving.com)