Are you worried your parents don't have everything they need to isolate on their own? Here's a Coronavirus care package shopping list to make sure they never have to leave home for at least 2-4 weeks, while isolating or being under quarantine for 14 days. They'll be prepared to weather the storm in safety and comfort.
The quantities of these items may change depending on how many people are isolating in your parent's household.
Coronavirus Care Package Shopping List For Your Parents
1. Prescription Drugs
1-2 month supply of your parents prescription drugs.
2. Non-Prescription Drugs
The American Red Cross recommends keeping a 30 day supply of non-prescription drugs on hand during emergency situations, to help with common ailments, such as fever reducers, pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies, fluids with electrolytes, vitamins.
A possible assortment (with your doctors approval) might include Tylenol, Tylenol Cold, Robitussin or Sudafed, Immodium, Pedialyte or Ultimate Replenisher Powder, Centrum multi-vitamins for seniors)
3. Medical Records
Keep a list of ailments, health records and prescription and non-prescription medications being taken, from pharmacists, doctors or hospitals for reference in the event of an emergency.
4. Bath & Hygiene
30 day supply of:
- Toilet paper
- Tampons or pads
- Hand soap
- Laundry detergent
- Dishwasher soap
- Dish soap
- Shower soap, body wash, shampoo and/or conditioner
- Cleaning supplies (Clorox bleach, Lysol spray, wipes, etc...)
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
30 day supply of food:
- Low Sodium canned vegetables
- Low sodium canned soups
- Canned tomato sauce
- Canned fish (tuna, sardines, salmon)
- Dried legumes (beans, lentils, peas, barley)
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen fruit
- Frozen fruit juices
- Bag of onions
- Spices (pepper, salt, etc...)
- Powdered or condensed milk
- Meat (freeze chicken, pork, beef or lamb)
- Cured meats (salamis, bologna, etc...)
- Oatmeal, cereals
- Egg whites (freeze)
- Coffee, tea
- Sugar, flour, yeast, baking powder, baking soda
- Bread (freeze)
- Oils, butter, margarine,
- Peanut butter, jams
- Protein powder for smoothies
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Large bottles of water
The foods that are most densely packed with nutrients and calories, take up the least space and last the longest without requiring refrigeration are rice, pastas, dried beans, lentils, peas and oats.
6. First Aid Kit
Get a first aid kit so you can treat common injuries without necessarily having to go to a doctor, clinic or ER. Proper wound cleansing and treatment can also avoid a mild wound from getting infected and turning into a situation that does require medical attention.
There are a ton of other items that are extremely important, that don't necessarily fit into a designated category such as:
- Contact lenses (although, if you have glasses, it's recommended you wear them to avoid touching your eyes)
- Hearing aid batteries
- Flashlights, with extra batteries (power outage)
- Phone charger
- Mental health - books, games, crossword, puzzles, Ipad, smartphone or computer for video conferencing, seeds for gardening, flowers, plants, etc...
- Extra medical supplies (depending on your medical condition) - syringes, gloves, gauze, etc...
Where possible try to order and have the items delivered to your parents home. If delivery is not a possibility, get the items for your parents and drop it off at their front door. Do not go inside if at all possible. If that is not possible, have your parents go to another room, enter their home and wash your hands immediately, then empty and stock the items in their home. Wash your hands again before leaving.