Keeping up with household chores requires a lot of work. If you are a carer, you may have to do someone else’s chores too. Or you may have to do it all by yourself if you are looking after someone who lives with you. Either way, it’s tough. Does your next of kin need help with shopping, cooking or cleaning? There are many companies that can offer a helping hand.
Many supermarkets provide a home delivery service. You can enquire at your local supermarket or check online. You order your shopping via the website. You can also order for someone else. That person then pays when the items are delivered. At most supermarkets, your order has to meet a minimum amount. Only orders above that amount will be delivered. Some supermarkets do deliver smaller orders. But that usually comes with a delivery charge.
You can also order your shopping online and collect it yourself or have someone else pick it up for you. You then collect your items from a service desk inside the shop or from a pick-up point. This is much easier than finding everything yourself in the shop. You can select what you need on your iPad or phone from the comfort of home. All items are collected for you and put into crates. You do have to pay a few extra euros for this option.
With a shopping service, you request items from the supermarket or other shops. The shopping is then delivered to your home. Some shopping services work with regular shops. For example, a baker, a greengrocer and a butcher. Other shopping services will deliver from the shop of your choice. Some companies offer help with shopping: somebody goes to the shop with you and assists. Your loved one then receives help and benefits from social contact. There are various shopping services available, such as those from volunteer organisations, senior care organisations, home care or commercial shopping services. You can find more information about shopping services via The Hague’s Support Map.
Some residents of The Hague have signed up with Thuisgekookt. They cook a meal at home that you can order as a neighbour. Your neighbour will make the food for you and bring it to your house. On the Thuisgekookt website, you can see if there is anyone making meals in your neighbourhood. You can place your order online too. More information can be found at the Thuisgekookt website .
Wijkrestaurants (Community restaurants)
There are many places in The Hague where you can get a cheap or free meal. You can eat there together with other people from the neighbourhood. These places are known as community restaurants. They are often located in a church or community centre. It is nice to help out with cooking too and then eat together with the others. This happens in various places. Are you looking for a cheap restaurant where your partner, parent, child or friend can eat every day? Then a restaurant in a residential care centre might be something for you. People with a Ooievaarspas who receive AOW often get a discount. You can find more information about community restaurants on The Hague’s Support Map.
Meals at home
Would the person you care for prefer to eat at home? Then fresh or freshly-frozen meals delivered daily may be a solution. There are companies that prepare traditional Dutch food. But international dishes can be ordered too. Does the person you care for follow a special diet? No salt, for instance? Or do they not eat meat? They can take that into account. You can also have halal meals delivered. Find more information about meals at home via The Hague’s Support Map.