For some, the idea of spring cleaning can be a daunting task.
Many seniors are likely to accumulate unnecessary clutter or hold onto things that they no longer need. However, seasonal cleaning can be extremely helpful to physical health and overall well-being.
Medication needs are often changing for seniors, making it important to review medication lists and safely dispose of expired medications routinely. Seniors should organize their medications in a safe and accessible manner to prevent medication errors. Using a Medi-planner or automated pill dispenser can be helpful with organization and timeliness
Tidy Clutter & Clear Pathways
Tidying old clutter can create a more organized and peaceful living space. Create action plans to keep, donate, or discard items. Clear pathways can help reduce the risk of falls and other accidents. Caregivers can assist with decluttering and rearranging furniture to improve accessibility, ensure proper lighting, and install handrails and non-slip flooring.
Clutter in the home can pose huge safety concerns and increase the risk of hospitalization.
Check Alarms & Fire Extinguishers
Make sure to regularly check all alarms and fire extinguishers in the home to ensure they are in good working condition. This includes dusting smoke detectors, testing and replacing their batteries twice a year, as well as checking the expiration date of fire extinguishers.
Fridge & Pantry Clean Out
Cleaning out the fridge is essential for preventing food-borne illness. Check expiration dates and take stock of your belongings by going through the cabinets and other storage spaces. Make sure to store food correctly to prevent the spread of bacteria and other potential health risks.
Organize Important Documents
Properly organizing important documents, such as healthcare and financial documents, is crucial for seniors. Categorizing and storing these documents in a safe and accessible manner can provide peace of mind and ensure important information is readily available when needed. Don't forget to also have legal documents, like wills and powers of attorney, in order.
Improve Air Quality
Air quality in the home can be impacted by dust and pollen throughout the year. Improving air quality can benefit seniors with respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. Improving air quality can be a simple process that involves dusting, cleaning, and replacing air filters.
Phone a Friend
When it comes to spring cleaning, seniors may sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by the task at hand. It's important for seniors to recognize their limits and ask for help when needed. However, asking for help doesn't mean that seniors can't be involved in the process.
At Senior Helpers, we understand the importance of independence and strive to make sure our clients and their loved ones are included every step of the way. Our trained caregivers understand the unique needs of seniors and can assist with personal care needs, hospital recovery, and everyday tasks.
Contact us today to learn how we can help.