Senior Shopping Hours

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on print

Shopping hours for seniors cover photoMore and more stores, shops and essential establishments around the world offer offering special senior shopping hours. It started during COVID-19.  Find help is this blog post focused on senior shopping.  These recommendations apply anytime, regardless of coronavirus or not.

Learn easy ways to make shopping senior-friendly. Watch a short (~11 minutes) FREE presentation on how to adopt special senior shopping hours. Additionally, read the presentation in a downloadable PDF.  These resources are yours to watch and download with no email sign-up necessary!

Quick and easy things to consider:

  1. Offer special shopping hours for seniors and people with disabilities.
    • Add a morning time.
    • Add a time later in the day.
    • Many seniors and people with disabilities struggle in the morning.
  2. Include people with a mobility disability or a hidden disability.
  3. Limit the number of people allowed in the store at one time.
  4. Provide wheelchairs and electric shopping carts to customers. 
    • Clean and sanitize each wheelchair and shopping cart after each use.  
  5. Color code shopping carts with a washable tag.
    • Make available at the entrance with a greeter.
    • Green tag: I want assistance.
    • Red tag: I do not want assistance.
  6. Have extra staff on duty to offer assistance.
  7. Adjust the lighting in the store.
    1. Ensure that there is good lighting but eliminate moving, shining or shimmering lights.
  8. Turn noise down or off and eliminate all background music.
    • Older adults are more likely to have hearing loss. 
    • Additionally,  hearing aids do not solve all hearing loss issues.
    • Reduce the overall noise level; turn turning off unnecessary and noisy equipment.
  9. Reduce clutter in the aisles. Remove extra and unnecessary displays.
    • Help with physical distancing. Mark spots on the floor to provide a visual cue for people to stand apart.
  10. Offer sturdy chairs, both with and without arms. 
    • Chose open spaces so they are not a hazard to navigate around. 
    • Add them where sit and wait for a spouse or caregiver who accompanies them as they get the car. 
    • Add them at intervals in store, especially if your store is large.
  11. Keep pathways and aisles clear and free throughout the store.
  12. Install cane holders at cash registers.
  13. Offer help to load purchases into the car.
  14. Avoid collecting all the carts during special hours to reduce noise.
    • But keep the area safe.
  15. Clean and sanitize!
  16. Let customer know.
    • Tell people what changes you have made/to expect in store.
    • Tell them online.
    • Add signs.
    • Knowledge is key!

Make special shopping hours ongoing.

Add sensory-friendly shopping hours to appeal to seniors and people with a hidden disability.  Make inclusion across the lifespan part of daily life in your community.  Did you know that up to a third of the population looks for sensory-friendly experiences in everyday living?

Be leaders in your community.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive a periodic newsletter about sensory friendly solutions for businesses. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on print
Skip to content