Spring cleaning is a great time to focus not only on making your senior’s home a little fresher and cleaner for her, but also safer. Try some of these ideas.
Evaluate What Needs to Be Done and Put Together a Plan
Every good spring-cleaning session begins with a plan. You could just jump right in, but that’s going to take longer and possibly wind up with some missed areas. Sit down with your senior and talk to her about where she experiences difficulties and what she’d like to have happen at the end of this time you’re putting in. From there, you can start to put together a plan for tackling everything that needs to get done.
Remove Clutter and Obstacles
Before you worry about any deep cleaning, it’s a good idea to remove as much clutter as you can. If your elderly family member is a genuine hoarder, this is not going to be the easiest part of your plan. On the other hand, a little bit of light clutter is much easier to manage and may be something that you can relocate for your senior. Be mindful that you don’t throw things out without your senior’s knowledge, especially if she’s a hoarder. You need to keep her involved in this process because this is her home, and these are her things.
Assess How Everything Is Stored
Once you’ve got clutter removed from a space, look at how items are stored in that area. If the storage options make sense and are useful for your elderly family member, then leave them as they are. But if there’s a safer or more sensible way to keep her items contained, put it into use. This might mean moving items that aren’t used often to a more difficult to reach location and putting things that are used daily in locations that are much easier to access. It’s all about making her home safer and easier to use.
Clean as You Go
Something else that can make this process go much more quickly is to clean as you go. As you’re deciding what stays and what goes, clean the items that are staying. As you’re reorganizing and moving items, clean the items and the storage areas. Clean each room as you’re dealing with the items it holds and everything will progress more rapidly.
If your elderly family member is having a difficult time keeping up with normal housekeeping tasks, you might start to realize this during a spring clean. Hiring home care providers now can give her the assistance she needs to keep up with all the hard work you’re doing.
Excerpt: Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a horrible experience and it can be a time for you to help your senior to make her home even safer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Kannapolis, NC, contact the caring professionals at Tender Hearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 207-0265.
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