In Search of a Caregiving-Friendly Restaurant

Denise

In Search of a Caregiving-Friendly Restaurant

Denise
During my presentation, The Future of Caregiving, at our recently completed Third Annual National Caregiving Conference, I shared that co-ops are the future. Companies who understand their customers will be a community rather than an individual will win.

During my speech, I shared some examples of companies which could innovate to better our needs. For instance, I regularly ask restaurants to turn down the music because my parents struggle with background noise because of their hearing aids.

Last night, we ate dinner at a local restaurant, arriving early to avoid the rush and noise that happen later. The host led my parents to the back of the restaurant to seat them at a table in the middle of the room. My dad stopped the host once he realized where this was heading and requested a shorter walk to a booth closer to the entrance. Then, as usual, I struggled to find a place for my mom's cane.

My parents like to eat out. We're now choosing restaurants which best accommodate my parents and that can be a challenge. So often the music is too loud, the tables too close and the light too low. I often wish restaurants had hooks for canes and discreet places for wheelchairs and walkers. I would love to bring my parents to a restaurant where the server speaks loudly and clearly and the menu is easy to read.

As more and more of us take on caregiving experiences, we'll chose carefully where to spend our money. The businesses that meet our caregiving needs will cultivate a loyal following.

What about you? How do you choose a restaurant when dining out with your caree? How do your local restaurants accommodate customers who may have special needs?

Please share your experiences and insights in our comments, below.

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