Elizabeth, who Affinity Trust supports in Keighley, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Before and during lockdown, her mum would choose and buy her food online.
When her mum went on holiday, Elizabeth’s support worker Jane asked if she’d like to choose her own food and do her own shopping again.
Before venturing out, Elizabeth’s support team explained what covid safety measures she would need to follow. They made a shopping list with her, and then accompanied her to her local Morrison’s.
Elizabeth went around the supermarket, found everything she wanted on her own, and bought the food herself. She made all her own choices. Elizabeth’s parents had been worried that she might not choose healthy options, but Jane says, ‘Everything she chose was healthy and good for her’.
Elizabeth loved the whole experience so much, that she has asked if she can do all her own food shopping and meal planning from now on.
Elizabeth’s support team are keeping her mum updated with how well Elizabeth is doing. Meanwhile, they are encouraging her to eat more healthily. They’ve given her healthy cookbooks, and she now plans her own meals and is supported to cook them. Her favourites? Home-made healthy KFC, followed by Slimming World chocolate pots.