Spring-Cleaning Basics for Seniors | Executive Care of Somerville

 

Spring is here, Somerville!

With the arrival of the spring season often comes the desire to clean—a desire that isn’t lost as we age. There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process!

Helpful Spring-Cleaning Tips

One goal of spring-cleaning can be getting rid of or sorting through clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better, but it is also beneficial for your loved one’s safety as items that are scattered about could pose a tripping hazard.

If there are piles of stuff throughout the house, it’s time to say goodbye to them. No matter how organized those piles may be, there’s no time like the present to sort through them and decide what is still needed and what is not.

A general rule of thumb is if it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes items like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor.

Another idea is organizing important documents. This is a task that can be a family job, as it should include important financial, health and other legal documents.

Knowing how to quickly find and access your loved one’s info, such as a durable power of attorney or advanced health care directive, is vital and can help reduce stress and streamline the process in many scenarios.

The medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a good cleaning. There are many drug take-back days held by various government agencies, including local, and also online resources that can tell you how to properly dispose of medications.

Your loved one can crush and pour pills/capsules into a sealable bag if mobility is an issue. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like coffee grounds, kitty litter or dirt before being tossed out. You should also remove the identifiable information on the bottles/packaging to help keep medical information private.

Any senior who is embarking on the spring-cleaning process should know and recognize his or her abilities and challenges. Some of these cleaning tasks may be difficult to handle alone and may even pose a risk of injury. There’s no shame in asking for help from family or utilizing in-home services.

Executive Care of Somerville can provide assistance through a variety of in-home care services, including those that help your loved one with tasks around the house. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the services we offer!

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