Spring is here and that means it’s the perfect time to organize and clean up the house. Keeping a clean home is important, especially in homes where seniors may no longer be able to keep up with regular housekeeping chores themselves. Spring cleaning is the perfect time for seniors to improve the condition of their home and benefit their home life.
A complete home cleaning will help reduce indoor allergens and toxins, and improve home health and safety for better senior living. If your senior loved one’s home could use a good cleaning this spring, follow these tips to get the job done:
Make a List
One of the hardest parts of spring cleaning is deciding where to start, so before you begin cleaning, make a checklist of what needs to be cleaned. Then, use your list as a guide to help you stay on track and make your spring cleaning less stressful. Also, ensuring that you have the correct cleaning tools and products for the various surfaces in the home will make cleaning much easier.
Do a Safety Check
While cleaning, it’s important to check the senior’s home to make sure that it is a safe place for them to live. Add the following tasks to your list to reduce senior safety hazards:
- Clean out the medicine cabinet and throw away expired medications
- Clean out the pantry and refrigerator, and throw away expired food
- Remove infrequently used appliances from the counter
- Move hard-to-reach items that are frequently used to lower, more accessible areas
- Check safety devices to make sure they’re working correctly (replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors)
- Replace rugs with non-slip mats by all exterior doors
- Place non-slip mats in the bathroom and tub
Recruit Family & Friends
A thorough cleaning can be a daunting task for seniors. Consider inviting family and friends to come by to help out and spend some time together. The extra sets of hands will be especially helpful with chores that require heavy lifting or require the use of ladders or stepstools.
Clear the Clutter
One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is clearing out the clutter. Clutter that has accumulated in the home can create safety hazards for seniors. Remove clutter from walkways, doorways, and high-traffic areas, including any piles of magazines and newspapers, to help reduce the risk of your senior loved one falling.
Also, clothing that is no longer in good shape should be given away or disposed of. Sometimes it takes a little convincing to discard a favorite garment because of its memories or perceived comfort. However, a closet with room to spare and a smaller selection, from which to choose can make your senior loved one feel less stressed.
When you’ve completed your spring cleaning, walk around with your loved one and admire the work that you’ve accomplished. Their home will feel more inviting and comfortable when it looks and feels fresh. You can also feel confident that it will be a safer place to live.