How to get Groceries through InstaCart

You can access Instacart via the internet webpage, or through an app. You will need a mobile phone so that you will be able to receive text messages from the person who will be picking up and delivering your items. Note, the way Instacart works someone will receive your desired store and list, and will be picking these items up for you. Due to this, they might not be able to find all of the items on your list. It is important that they be able to text and call you, should this occur.

One of our Milestone Moves Realty team members went through the process of creating an account and ordering through Instacart and created this step-by-step guide: 

  1. To start you will need to type in your zipcode in the little box that pops up so that the website can direct you to which grocery stores are in your area. Press continue.
  2. It will have you create an account. You will need an email to do this. 
  3. From there, you will be able to select from different grocery stores within your area. Keep in mind, some may require you to have memberships (such as Costco). 
  4. Once you’ve selected the store that you would like to purchase items from you will be able to scroll down and choose items. When you find an item that you would like, press the plus-sign in a little circle in the upper right hand corner above the item. By clicking this, the item will be added to your cart. Please note, some items will have limits on how much you can purchase. There will be a little message right beneath the picture of the item saying this (such as a limit of 6 mangoes from Aldi). 
  5. Some stores may have a dollar amount minimum before you can place your order. Aldi has a ten dollar minimum, for example. 
  6.  Once you have placed everything you would like to purchase in your cart (and it reaches the minimum dollar amount) you will be able to place your order. 
  7. You will need to input your address for delivery. Under the address, you will see a little box in which you can type specific instructions to the deliverer. This is not required, but if you want to limit your interactions with strangers during this time you can type in the message: “please leave delivery in front of the front door.” 
  8. Once you’ve input your address, press save and it will take you to the next step: delivery time and date. Please note, there will be a delivery charge. This charge may vary depending on where you live, which store you’re ordering from, etc. 
  9. After you’ve selected a date and time, you will be able to add more instructions for delivery. This is optional. You will also see an option: Leave at front door if I’m not around. Press continue. 
  10.  Now you will need to put in phone number (preferably a mobile number) so that the person picking up your order will be able to text you and call you regarding your order. 
  11.  Input your credit card information and save.
  12. Place order. 

Please understand that there is a higher demand for deliveries, you might experience delays in delivery times, or they might not be able to get you everything you requested in your cart.

Aging in Place

As baby boomers start thinking of downsizing, most plan to stay in their homes. According to an AARP survey, 76% of Americanss over the age of 50 are planning to “Age In Place”. In order to accomplish this they have many adaptations to consider. 

Climbing stairs, navigating narrow halls and doorways, and stepping in and out of the bathtub all may become more difficult as a person ages. Mobility is not the only challenge brought on by aging. Hearing and visual challenges may arise as well. Unfortunately, modifications to reduce these challenges happen only after a crisis has occurred. Falls are the most common event triggering the need to modify a home. 

If you are planning for possible future accessibility needs there are a few key things to consider. First, all essential living space should be on the main level of the home. That is, a bedroom, a full-bathroom, kitchen. Second, a zero-step entry is crucial, either in the garage or at another exterior entrance. If a ramp needs to be installed it’s suggested for security reasons that it be out of view from the street. Homes with ramps are often targeted by burglars. 

There are also necessary interior modifications to consider. Narrow hallways and doors are often found in older homes and are restrictive for mobility assistive devices, like wheelchairs. These may be harder to remodel due to design. Horizontal rather than vertical storage reduces the need for step stools. Removing obstacles such as rugs and electrical cords help decrease the risk of tripping. 

Consulting with a specialist such as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) or a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) is a good place to start analysing your home.