Some major stores have a first aid room where people with M.E. can rest. Ask for help; for example shop assistants may be willing to carry things to the car for you. A shopping bag on wheels saves carrying, and some designs have a seat on the top. It is possible to borrow wheelchairs at some large shops, and also an assistant to push you.

There is a lot of sensory information for the brain to process in a supermarket; you may find smaller shops less exhausting. Make a standard shopping list for regular items and photocopy it, then you can just add other items you need. Some shops will deliver to people’s homes and others are willing to put together your order so that you only need to get it collected. Have heavy items delivered or collected for you. Buying in bulk is cheaper, and reduces the number of times you (or your helpers) have to shop. If you have milk deliveries, they may also deliver drinks, eggs and potatoes. Many things can be bought by mail order, including food. Some high street shops are able to take orders over the phone using a debit or credit card and then send it to you by post. Write down details of your order so that things can be chased up if necessary. Some large stores have magazines that can keep housebound people up to date with new products. Many shops can now be accessed via the Internet. When ordering food over the phone, it is not always necessary to struggle with a catalogue; if you explain your disability some people are very willing to help.

Chemical Sensitivities : Driving : Parking Concessions : Telephone : Travelling : Walking : Wheelchairs : Writing

InterAction 35; 2000; page 17 and issue 22; 1996; pages 13-14 Shopping from home guide