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Technology has benefited all generations in many ways but one of the greatest may be delivery services. From meal delivery to household products and even grocery shopping, it’s a rare occasion that one absolutely must rush to the store to get an item. Take a closer look at the top delivery services for seniors, how to order from them, and how they can help seniors stay healthy.

Best Home Delivery Services for Seniors

From time to time, there may be reasons that you do not want to leave your home. From flu season and crowds to pure exhaustion and purchasing personal products (like incontinence items) online shopping, ordering and mail delivery has made life easier for every generation. 

Instacart

Instacart is an app that allows users to have groceries delivered from a local grocery store or stores. The stores they deliver from vary in each area but includes stores such as Sprouts, CostCo, Kroger, and more. Customers can order from more than one store. The order will be assigned to a personal shopper who handpicks the groceries and will text the customer with any questions or out of stock and replacement items. Groceries can be delivered in as little as 2 hours, or scheduled out up to 6 days in advance.

There is a delivery fee and a tipping fee. Items may cost more via Instacart than they do in the store but you will have a total for your groceries before you check out. Instacart Express is an option for seniors who order regularly. These members pay a monthly fee but then do not pay for any deliveries over $35.00

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To see if Instacart delivers in your area, visit their locations page.

Amazon Prime

One of the best-known delivery services, Amazon Prime, has revolutionized the way Americans shop. Amazon Prime costs $119 per year but then has free two-day shipping on most items and even free same-day delivery in some zip codes. They also have free two-hour delivery on thousands of items.

Amazon Prime offers a subscription service for seniors to have items regularly shipped. Incontinence items, household cleaning supplies, and even pantry staples can be subscribed to on the site.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods has partnered with Amazon to offer free two-hour grocery delivery in eligible zip codes. To order, simply go to the Whole Foods on Amazon website, fill your cart, choose your delivery time and check out.

There will be a tip added for your shopper but the delivery cost is free unless you need it before the two-hour delivery window.

Restaurant Delivery Services

For seniors wanting restaurant curated food without leaving their home, there are several restaurant delivery services. Some of the most popular restaurant delivery services are GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats. Each one of these has an app where the user enters their zip code and then the app will show eligible restaurants. Create your order, check out, pay, and tip your driver on the app. The app will show when you can expect your food to be delivered but it’s usually within the hour.

Meal Preparation Kits

Meal preparation kits are becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of their diet but schedules become more hectic, giving people less time to think about food. Companies like HelloFresh, Green Chef, and Purple Carrot ship three to four meals per week complete with all recipes and pre-measured ingredients, making dinner time easier than ever.

The customer creates an account online, can select meals from a weekly menu or can choose to skip a week. Menus can accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, keto, and family-friendly.

There’s no question that technology has increased our quality of life, especially for seniors who need items but may not want to leave their homes to get them. Which delivery services have you tried? Which ones do you use regularly? Share your comments with us in the space below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, Alzheimers.net and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.