During these difficult times most of us are spending a lot of time at home. Because of the importance of social distancing to help flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, everyday tasks like going to the grocery store or the bank are important, but now carry a level of risk that didn’t exist before.
In one of my older posts, I talk about how assistive technology helps people with disabilities live independently. Devices like smart speakers, automatic locking devices for front doors, smartwatches and smart thermostats are now available. They add a level of ease to everyday life. These modern conveniences are great resources for people with disabilities too. They offer a level of accessibility that has not been available before. Now more than ever, it’s important to share some solutions to help us all get through the pandemic safely and offer people with disabilities useful information on getting their day to day chores done.
Online shopping has existed for quite some time. The upgrade to this is on-demand shopping services. There are many options to consider based on individual needs. They offer same day delivery of grocery items, essentials from drug stores and even Target. I talk about this alternative to conventional shopping in a previous post and even provided a review of one service. Since then, demand for similar services has increased. One positive aspect of utilizing this type of delivery, particularly in the case of Instacart, is that the person assigned to putting your order together will communicate with you if your requested items are out of stock. They do their best to find comparable replacements to fill your order so you can get what you need.
The way we handle our banking needs has also evolved. Mobile banking is now available through most financial institutions. It’s as easy as using your smartphone to download the app. Once you have it installed, you can do things like check your available balance, deposit a check, or even transfer money with just a swipe of your finger. There’s no need to worry about sitting in line at a bank drive-thru or getting in line to complete a transaction with a bank teller anymore.
Along with contactless delivery now being offered by places like Dominos, it’s easy to monitor who is coming to drop things off at your home. Services like Ring and Blink are now available. They make it easy for you to see who is at your door and let you communicate with the person without ever being face to face. Additional conveniences of both products is they each have motion detection and night vision capability. This allows you to monitor activity going on outside your home anytime, day or night. They both have pros and cons so, it’s best to research each one before deciding which one to choose.
Although these solutions are available to anyone, it’s always important for people with disabilities to have different resources at their fingertips. Having information on different options allows people with disabilities the opportunity to plan alternative and safe ways to get things done. Compiling this kind of information helps reduce stress and stay focused on what you need to do while keeping you and your family safe. That is a win-win situation for everyone involved.