Spring has sprung and it is a time of new beginnings. Now is the perfect time to help your Senior loved one take on some cleaning and organizational tasks around their home! Many Seniors grew up with the concept of “Spring Cleaning” and they continue to make it a part of their annual routine. However, spring cleaning involves many chores that can be challenging to those dealing with limited mobility, vision loss and other chronic conditions of aging. This is a great way for you to help your Senior loved one while spending quality time together!
Keep these simple Spring Cleaning tips in mind when helping your Senior loved one.
- Make a checklist of everything that you and your Senior loved one would like to accomplish.
- Schedule time that you can devote to helping your Senior loved one with all of the chores on the checklist.
- Ask other family members to assist you with completing the more strenuous chores on the checklist or consider hiring help. A professional caregiver can assist with many light housekeeping tasks including: vacuuming, dusting, moping and laundry.
Here is a useful list of Spring Cleaning chores to accomplish together with your Senior loved one.
- Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Run a test to ensure they’re working.
- Clean the medicine cabinet and check all items for expiration dates. Are they stored in a cool, dry place? Discard any unused or outdated medications.
- Post emergency fire, ambulance and poison control numbers next to each phone.
- Remove clutter to reduce the risk of trips and falls. Also, remove unnecessary furniture that obstructs the traffic flow.
- Organize cabinets to make frequently-used items more accessible, and throw away outdated food from the pantry or refrigerator.
- Replace light bulbs if necessary and ensure rooms and hallways are adequately lit.
- Are there grab bars in the bathrooms? If not, consider installing some to help prevent falls.
If you notice expired food in the pantry, piles of mail or unpaid bills while helping your Senior loved one with their Spring cleaning then it might be time to consider getting some extra help. Having a little help around the house from a caregiver for a few hours a week can go a long way. It can provide your Senior loved one with companionship along with keeping the home clean on a regular basis.