Navigating the Malls During the Holidays When You have Limited Mobility

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger


Holiday shopping can be hectic at the best of times, but if you have limited mobility, it can be worse. Crowded shopping malls make it difficult to navigate, and often distracted shoppers bump into, trip or otherwise jostle you. If you plan on venturing out to your area shopping center, reduce some of your frustration with these helpful tips from Jayhawk Pharmacy:

  • Avoid peak hours.


If your schedule allows it, stick to shopping weekday mornings. While the best deals often occur on the weekends, the lines and crowds may not be worth the struggle.


  • The main mall elevators are not your only option.

From moms with strollers to mobility device users, mall elevators have a constant flow of traffic throughout the holiday season. Many large department stores have elevators in the back, which can help you avoid the wait times and crowds in the main area.

  • Plan your meals.


Choose a time and place to eat before you start shopping. By sticking to a schedule that includes rest and meals, you can conserve your energy throughout the day. Consider packing your own meal as well. This can help you avoid lines at a food vendor, and allows you the flexibility of eating somewhere other than the food court.


  • Research what you want to purchase.

Most people have a general idea of what they want to buy, but having your list written down beforehand can help save you time and energy. Go online and compare prices prior to shopping. This way you only have to go in-store for the selected deals you deem worthy.


  • Keep pace with pedestrians.


It can be tempting to speed around the mall in your device and finish your shopping as soon as possible, but this can be dangerous! Malls were designed for foot traffic, so the polite thing to do is to keep pace with the rest of the crowd. Even on quiet days, you never know when someone is going to suddenly step in front of your path.

By following these tips from Jayhawk Pharmacy, you can cut back on your holiday shopping stress. If you need an assistive device, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We carry a number of mobility devices in our online catalog.

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