Tell Us: What Would You Like Retail Stores to Know?

Denise

Tell Us: What Would You Like Retail Stores to Know?

Denise
shopping-879498_640We’re celebrating you during November, which is National Family Caregivers Month.

As we close out the month, let’s talk about what you’d like organizations and communities to know about what you do.

We started with the health care system, then moved to your family and your house of worship. Today, let's talk about retail stores.

What would you like retail stores to know about what's it like to shop with a wheelchair? What would you like retail stores to know about the products they carry and about the availability of family rest rooms? What could retail stores add and do to make your shopping experience easier?

Share what you’d like retail stores to know in our comments section, below.

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Denise

I've been thinking about this as it relates to my mom and Christmas shopping. She loves to go to Mom and Pop stores and pick out little trinkets. But, it's hard to navigate in and out of these stores. I wish a community would create a cozy, quaint and completely accessible shopping area. It would be wonderful to shop in cute, small-town-like stores and easily push a wheelchair in and out. \r\n\r\nWouldn't that be marvelous! A caregiver- and caree-friendly shopping experience.

Thedogmama

Oh, such an important conversation. How about the conversion to automatic wheelchair friendly doors? Over the four years I cared for mom, the one place that always irritated me the most was our local Rite Aid Pharmacy. It is a wonderful pharmacy, the pharmacists and the staff are top notch. Being in there month after month sometimes weekly or more, we still are on a first name basis. Set in a shopping plaza, over the 27 years we have lived here it has been at least one or two other pharmacies before morphing into Rite Aid. My beef? The heavy set of double, double doors. You know the kind, two sets of double doors with about 3 - 4 feet separating them. They are difficult to open when you are a healthy, active 60 on a good day. But try to get mom through them when she was in her wheel chair! They do not have an automatic handicapped door opener. Most of the time strangers would help hold the doors, but even then, getting through both sets, even when one person helped was hard. If no one was available it was nearly impossible. I'm guessing the store front was grandfathered into some old building code, but it is really hard to enter or exit that place with someone in a wheelchair. Good news? When I asked about it, I was told that it was slated to be replaced with an automatic door. It didn't come soon enough for my mom, but in this small town, it will greatly appreciated by many.