PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Home Instead Senior Care has been providing in-home care for seniors on the Seacoast and southern New Hampshire since 2002. But director of business development Carey Fitzgerald said that 70 percent of clients have some form of cognitive impairment, making a crowded grocery store, a potentially agitating environment.
Fitzgerald approached McKinnon's Supermarket in Portsmouth to train their employees to recognize customers with Alzheimer's or dementia, and help them shop.
Eric Boucher of McKinnon's said Home Instead trained him and his coworkers free of charge.
Boucher and more than 10 managers and both owners passed the quiz -- and now McKinnon's is the first certified Alzheimer's friendly business in New Hampshire.
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