The Relaxed Checkout Lane
Older adults often need extra time at the supermarket checkout register. Setting up a Relaxed Lane allows seniors and others to buy their groceries without the pressure of delaying people who might be in a rush behind them.
The idea was created in Scotland by Tesco supermarket community champion Kerry Speed, who worked in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. Following their model, I created signs and spoke to my local supermarket manager and workers.
Now my neighborhood has a Relaxed Checkout Lane — your neighborhood can have one too!
It’s easy to set up a Relaxed Checkout Lane — you’ll find all the FREE tools you need right here:
- Two signs for download: One that explains the relaxed lane register, to be placed at the front of the checkout lane. (It can be laminated or put in a plastic sleeve for durability.)
- Another sign with the “Relaxed Checkout Lane” title for greater visibility. (My supermarket used both signs to notify their customers about their special lane).
A brief video explaining the program and teaching the supermarket staff. (See below.)