The increased availability of home delivery services is making it easier for someone with decreased mobility to remain in their comfortable surroundings and retain independence. From fully prepared meals to prescriptions, area businesses can offer the convenience and support many older adults need to remain at home.
Proper nutrition is important at all stages of life, maybe even more crucial as we age to help keep our physical and mental faculties in top shape. Prepared meals take the guesswork out by providing balanced meals.
Louisville-based Home Cuisine offers several meal plan options based on your individual tastes and nutritional needs. Meals include lean proteins, grains, and fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits cooked by a professional chef and delivered to your home twice a week. homecuisineonline.com
Another local service, Chef Prep Meals, allows you to choose your own custom meal packs or go with Chef Ryan’s choice. The menu changes weekly and features seasonal ingredients and a healthier version of comfort foods and international fare. thechefprepmeals.com
Fresh n’ Lean delivers prepackaged meals that are ready to heat and serve in three minutes. Meal plans include Keto, Paleo, and Vegan options. freshnlean.com
Customers will need to be able to use a computer or iPad to place orders online. They must also be able to warm their meals in either an oven or microwave.
Grocery/Personal Care Items
Green Bean delivers organic foods from local farm sources in Kentucky and Indiana. Offerings include produce, dairy, meat, seafood, and bakery items. greenbeandelivery.com
On FarmBox, you can order fresh organic produce, dairy, meat, pantry items, and prepared meal kits all delivered to your door once a week. farmboxdelivery.com
Major grocery chains like Kroger and Meijer, and retailers like Target and Walmart offer grocery delivery. In addition to food items, you can also purchase paper products like napkins and toilet paper and personal care items, such as toothpaste and deodorant. kroger.com, meijer.com, target.com, walmart.com
Customers will need to be able to order online and carry deliveries from the doorstep into their home and put items away. They will also need to dispose of expired food items regularly.
Locally owned and family-run Middletown Pharmacy & Wellness offers prescription and wellness supplement delivery. Pharmacists are available on-site or via phone to answer questions. middletownpharmacyandwellness.com
Amazon offers two options. PillPack is a full-service pharmacy run by Amazon that delivers your pills organized and prepackaged by day of the week and time of day you need to take them. Amazon gives Prime members up to 80% off generic and 40% off brand-name medications if paying without insurance. It also allows you to compare prescription costs using insurance or the Prime discount to see which is cheaper and provides 24/7 access to pharmacists who can answer questions about your medications. pillpack.com, pharmacy.amazon.com
Customers will need to order online and keep track of when to take their medications. Daily pill organizers can help keep track of which medications to take on what day; however, the older adult must be able to track the days of the week and not forget to take their pills on time. Assistance and reminders from a caregiver or family member may be needed.
It’s important to note that these services are not appropriate for everyone, and you may consider having your loved one evaluated by a professional to determine what their needs are, what they can manage on their own, and where they may need extra assistance.
By Kym Voorhees Raque