Shopping during the holiday season is stressful for most people. When you’re in a wheelchair, it can be even more stressful. But there are ways to make holiday shopping in a wheelchair more manageable. Here are five ways to take some of the stress out of your holiday shopping trips.
Choose your shopping time wisely
Unfortunately, malls become much busier during the holiday season, especially on the weekends. A weekday trip to the mall, then, is an ideal way to beat some of the crowds. If you can manage to get there during the day — in the middle of the morning or afternoon, for example — you might find that you have some stores all to yourself.
Be like Santa: Make a list and check it twice. Not only is it useful to figure out exactly what gift items you need, but also you can use it to figure out what stores you should go to. Do a little research ahead of time to see which stores have what you need. That way you can conserve your energy and your time.
Scope out all elevator options
Many shopping malls have two and even three levels, so using the elevator is a must. If the main elevators in the center of the mall are crowded, try using the elevators in the large department stores that anchor the mall. You might have to go farther to reach them, but they’re often unused.
Bring your own tools
Sitting in a wheelchair can make it visually difficult to find things in a store, so carry a small hand mirror to see around bins and shelves. If you have a reaching device, bring it to grab small items from high spaces.
Seek help when you need it
No matter how independent you are, sometimes it’s best to ask for a hand. Catch a friendly employee’s eye for help reaching a large item on a high shelf or locating a specific product in a crowded store. Chances are, store workers will be more than happy to assist you.
With a little extra thought and planning, holiday shopping in a wheelchair can be a productive and pleasant experience.
Have questions about mobility equipment? Contact Power Mobility & Lifts. We serve clients throughout Arizona, and we can help you with your needs, whether it’s servicing your wheelchair or finding a new chair or car lift.
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