Dad sets up mini Coles supermarket at home so his 87-year-old mother with dementia can do her weekly shop while she is stuck in isolation
- An Australian dad has set up a miniature Coles supermarket in his own home
- Jason van Genderen, from NSW, did so for his 87-year-old mum in isolation
- He explained that the weekly shop is a big part of his mother’s week usually
- Jason shared the heart-warming experience in a video on Facebook
An Australian dad has set up a miniature Coles supermarket in his home so that his 87-year-old mother can do her weekly supermarket shop while she is stuck in isolation.
Jason van Genderen, from the New South Wales Central Coast, set it up for his mum – who has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia – because she loves going to the supermarket each week, but she hasn’t been able to do so for the past month because she is isolating with her family to prevent her from getting coronavirus.
Posting on Facebook, Jason shared a video of the heart-warming experience, and he said it ‘is possible to let the sunshine in when we can’ despite it being a difficult time.
An Australian dad has set up a miniature Coles supermarket in his home so that his 87-year-old mother can do her weekly supermarket shop while she is stuck in isolation (the supermarket setup pictured)
Jason van Genderen, from the New South Wales Central Coast, set it up for his mum (pictured) – who has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia – because she loves going to the supermarket
‘We’ve been living in home isolation for the past four weeks,’ Jason said in the video.
‘Something that is a little bit unique to our family makeup is that my mum lives with us. She is 87 and she has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
‘Her routine has really been thrown and just trying to make sense of what the week is is blown to pieces for her.’
He continued to say that one of the ‘big things mum hangs her week on’ is the weekly supermarket shop – which she does with her family in tow.
And so, rather than abandon it completely, Jason and his wife and two children set up a mini supermarket at home so she can get her shopping done and he took his mum to the supermarket for her fruit, veg and produce.
Due to the fact that his mother has been at home to prevent her from getting coronavirus, Jason said he wanted to ‘bring the shops’ to her (the supermarket pictured)
His mum went along with her shopping list to pick up an array of her essentials including her favourite morning breakfast Rice Puffs (pictured)
The 87-year-old picked up a host of items on her shopping list (pictured), including Easter eggs for her grandchildren
At the supermarket, Jason’s mum was greeted by his wife Megan and two kids Evie and Art as checkout assistants.
There were also a range of Coles products on offer on their kitchen bench.
‘Grab your bag and I’ll come and take you shopping!’ Jason told his disbelieving mother.
‘It’s a bit hard because we can’t take you to the shops, so we thought we’d take the shops to you!’ Jason said.
His mother was visibly touched by the gesture, laughing and saying: ‘What is wrong with him?’ about her son.
She picked up some bananas, Brussels sprouts and two packets of the Rice Puffs, that she has ‘every morning’.
She also got some Easter eggs for her grandchildren and some pork sirloin for her dinner.
‘Have a good day Madam!’ Art said at the checkout at the end.
Her grandson Art told her to ‘have a good day Madam!’ at the checkout at the end of the video (pictured)
Jason shared the heart-warming video on Facebook, where he was met with thousands of people praising him for his clever idea
Sharing the experience on Facebook, Jason was met with thousands of people praising him for his creative idea.
‘I loved seeing this. A gorgeous family,’ one woman posted.
‘This is gold and really touched my heart,’ another added.