Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking — but you still feel like eating. Hey, there's an app for that! All around the United States, companies are ready to head to the grocery store on your behalf and bring groceries or fresh-cooked meals right to the door of seniors, whether you're in assisted living or living at home.
We've spent six months researching these options that are perfect for in-home care. You'll find many of these apps in our city guides (and many more local ones as well!), but here are 9 to get started with.
1. What a Crock
Got a slow cooker? With What a Crock, prepare a home-cooked meal in any living arrangement with the utmost of ease with this handy app that lets you dial up a meal and get it delivered, all ready to pop into your Crock-Pot. (They'll even deliver a slow cooker if you don't have one already!)
Save yourself all the time and hassle involved with grocery shopping when you place an order with InstaCart. Thousands of items are available from your favorite local stores, including Ralphs/Kroger, Whole Foods, Costco, Target, and more. All your produce is hand-picked, and you can get your delivery within one to two hours. InstaCart is available in 18 major cities so far, and expanding rapidly.
What do you need? A delicious meal for two from your favorite bistro? How about the half-gallon of milk you forgot at the store? Or a bottle of wine to cap off dinner? Whatever it is, PostMates is ready to deliver it to you, all in an hour or less. With connections to more than 25,000 restaurants and shops, PostMates picks up what you want and gets it right to you — and you can even watch your personal courier's progress across town on the iOS or Android app.
4. Amazon Pantry
Seniors who are Amazon Prime members can get all their household essentials delivered straight to their door via Amazon Pantry. Cleaning supplies, health care items, office supplies and pet supplies are also available for fast delivery.
5. Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels has been delivering hot meals and companionship to seniors all over the country for more than 60 years, focusing on those who can't prepare their own meals. There's a waiting list in some communities, so sign up now if you need a hand.
Pair your favorite local restaurants with your smartphone, and before you know it, DoorDash is satisfying your cravings by delivering dinner right to your door. Seniors can use their computers as well to enjoy everything from sushi to burgers to tacos, making this choice perfect for in-home care.
7. Paleo on the Go
If you have auto-immune issues or want to stick to a paleo diet for your health, Paleo on the Go is your convenient answer. Hand-crafted meals are made from locally sourced, sustainable foods and delivered ready for a quick reheating.
More food delivery options await you from UberEats, which uses Uber drivers to pick up your favorite dishes from local eateries. Each delivery order gives you an estimated delivery time, and you can track your driver as dinner approaches your senior living community.
9. Magic Kitchen
If you need to follow a special diet — diabetic, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and more — you'll be delighted with Magic Kitchen's unique offerings. The chefs here also prepare single-serving meals designed just for seniors, all ready for immediate reheating.
Check out our city guides to find even more apps sorted by city and designed to make your life more convenient and give you more free time. Senior care has never been so easy!