Across the country, innovative products are being developed all the time that help people who are caring for loved ones in wheelchairs and scooters. People who are caring for the elderly, as well as parents of children with disabilities like this mother, constantly struggle to shop and keep them comfortable all at once.
Drew Ann Long was having a difficult time taking her daughter with special needs out with her on errands.
Along with watching her 2-year-old son, she needed to help her daughter along in her wheelchair while maneuvering a shopping cart at the same time.
She was eager to find something that would help her include her daughter in all of her errands, but there was nothing available on the market.
So she ended up designing something on her own that would help her, as well as people across the country, comfortably shop with loved ones in need.
The result is “Caroline’s Cart,” named for Drew’s young daughter with special needs. This amazing but simple invention is sweeping grocery stores around the world — and changing lives.
Continue reading below to learn more about these incredible shopping carts!
Recently, a woman asked her local supermarket if they had a cart that would cater to her 91-year-old mother, who likes to go shopping with her but can no longer walk among the aisles.
Fortunately, they carry a cool commodity called “Caroline’s Cart,” so she could shop around with her mother rather than having to leave her in the car!
While “Caroline’s Cart” is an ideal option for senior citizens in this situation, it was originally developed for children with special needs.
It’s a shopping cart with a large seat built into the base so that children or adults who may otherwise need a wheelchair or scooter can sit comfortably.
This ingenious invention was created by mother Drew Ann Long, who was struggling to handle her daughter Caroline’s wheelchair while she was out shopping, especially with her 2-year-old son in tow.
Eager to include her daughter in every possible activity and errand that she could, but frustrated that there was nothing on the market that could help her, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
So she founded Parent Solution Group LLC, then began designing the innovative cart model.
Soon, Long’s dream of making a Caroline-friendly shopping cart became a reality!
Today, the carts are distributed around the country and can be found in such stores as Food Lion, Giant, Kroger, Target, Walmart, and many more.
The cart is an amazing alternative for shopping with someone who requires a wheelchair or scooter.
“It provides parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without having the impossible task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time,” Long says.
It is also useful for elderly individuals, and their caregivers or relatives.
It provides a way for them to move around a shop comfortably and accompany their relatives, caregivers, or spouses without having to use a scooter or wheelchair.
Over one million children in the United States are disabled in some capacity.
So these chairs are incredibly necessary to so many parents and caregivers who provide round-the-clock care.
And while many stores around the country currently offer Caroline’s Cart, Drew is hoping that all stores will eventually provide them so families with special needs kids or seniors can shop anywhere with ease.
Look around your favorite store next time, there might already be a Caroline’s Cart kiosk set up for families to enjoy!
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