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Shopping lists: any tips?

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notaflyingmonkey Tue 30-Jan-18 13:42:57

Mum has dementia. I visit a couple of times a week and take her shopping each time. The problem is when I phone to ask what she needs, it's always the same things which are usually not needed at all, but she thinks they are (eg tissues, which she has mountains of), but overlooks the things that she does actually need. I've tried starting a list, but it just disappears. I've tried saying look in the fridge, but that doesn't do it either.

Any thoughts on how I can make it work better?

thesandwich Tue 30-Jan-18 22:26:25

Could you make a master list and print lots of copies? Could you check supplies with her on one visit? Then shop before next?
Not easy!

notaflyingmonkey Fri 02-Feb-18 09:44:50

I think the problem is that even though I know she has dementia, and that affects her ability to process these things, I sometimes unconciously play along with the pretence that it isn't so. And there is little point in me pointing out the stockpile of tissues. I think you are right sandwich I need to own it myself.

Alonglongway Sat 03-Feb-18 23:27:42

I do a weekly online shop for my parents. We have a core standard list. Works fairly well.

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