Sometimes, Smaller is Better

Example of a symbol found on food-safe containers.

One of my clients has taught me a good lesson on providing the right products to seniors. The idea is to “think small”.

If you are a caregiver, chances are you may be shopping for an older loved one. Be sure to focus on the weight and size of the products you buy for them. For example, a gallon of milk and the largest sized dish detergent may be hard for your loved one to handle. Buy the smallest size available.

If you find that smaller sizes are more expensive, you can either combine coupons with sales, or, as my client suggested, simply buy a few smaller sizes to keep on hand, then dispense the larger size products into them.

For example, I have purchased a few of the smaller, pint-sized milks for my Dad. After the milk is consumed, I carefully wash and dry the bottles and dispense milk from the gallon jug into them. This smaller size is much easier for him to handle and enables him to make a bowl of cereal or have a drink of milk when I’m away, without worrying about overexerting himself.

No need to abandon your favorite warehouse shopping store, just keep a few smaller containers on hand. The containers don’t necessarily have to be for the product you want to use, but make sure that the container is suitable for food/beverage before using. (Some containers can easily hold food and drink but are not safe for storing edible products.  Food/beverage-safe products usually have a small fork and glass symbol on them, as shown above).


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