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Grocery Shopping After A Stroke

Grocery shopping may be more of a challenge following a stroke. This video includes tips for planning, navigating the store, and alternatives to shopping in-store.

Introduction (0:00-1:31)

Occupational therapists have a holistic approach and want to support you in any activity that you want and need to do – including shopping. There are many considerations an OT will make to best support your needs and goals when it comes to going to a store.

Planning (1:32-2:29)

Planning includes planning what you will eat, making a list, as well as considering transportation, mobility, and communication at the store. Consider bringing someone with you for added support the first few times.

Making A List (2:30-4:27)

Consider what format of list might work best for you. There are many options including using a store’s application on your phone, a notes application, or a pre-written or printed list with boxes to check when you need an item.

Navigating the Store (4:28-5:39)

Consider going to the store when it won’t be too busy, such as weekday mornings or early afternoons. Sticking to the same store each week will help improve familiarity.

Reading Nutrition Labels (5:40-8:16)

Reading the nutrition label is something you can do at the store or at home. This quick guide can help you monitor what you’re eating.

Grocery Shopping With Aphasia (8:17-9:28)

If you have aphasia, consider using or making a card that fits in your wallet that includes important personal information as well as what aphasia is. This one is from the National Aphasia Association, and also includes tips for others to best communicate with you.

Alternatives To Grocery Shopping In Person (9:29-10:33)

There are many alternatives to grocery shopping inside the store. Curbside pick-up at most stores is no cost – this is when you pick out your groceries through a website then drive to the store and pick the order up when it’s ready. There are also delivery options such as Instacart and Whole Foods delivery.

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