Urge supermarkets to provide rest areas for the invisibly impaired

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Many people with chronic illnesses and conditions do not show any outward signs of their impairment. Examples include people such as those with heart conditions or chronic back pain, young and elderly, and who do not use mobility aids. Supermarkets provide seating areas but not on the aisle-side of the checkouts. These seats, though welcome, are often in the wrong place. Shopping can be a physically painful experience for the invisibly impaired and they need to be able to rest for a short while to catch their breath or let their pain subside. Not all people are able to, or want to, shop online. Shopping is a sociable activity for many lonely people. There are many local initiatives that have had success but we now need a nationwide effort to see rest areas aisle-side for all less able people.