Spring is the perfect time to start fresh and get your home organized. This can be an especially important time for seniors and their caregivers to declutter and clean up their living spaces. The elderly and their caretakers have unique challenges throughout the spring-cleaning process. As we age, our bodies and minds change, making it harder to do what we formerly took for granted, like keeping a spotless home. However, a tidy and well-organized dwelling can improve living conditions and reduce injury risk. In this article, we share spring cleaning tips for seniors and their caregivers to help make spring cleaning less of a chore.
When it comes to spring cleaning, decluttering is a must. Reducing the amount of clutter in your home can be as simple as getting rid of unused objects. To help elders and their caregivers simplify their homes, here are some suggestions:
- Take baby steps: Start with the room you’re currently in. If you try to clean the entire house simultaneously, it’s a lot to take on. The room with the most problems should be tackled first.
- Make stacks: Make heaps of things you’ll keep, give, and discard. Put whatever you aren’t sure about in its pile until you can decide.
- Seek Assistance: If you need assistance clearing your clutter, ask a loved one or caretaker for it. A second set of eyes can help you decide what to keep and toss.
After you’ve cleared the clutter from your home, it’s time to give it a good scrub. Here are some ways to simplify cleaning for seniors and their caretakers:
- Create a list: Create a check-off list of all the dirty rooms. This can serve as a useful tool for maintaining focus and order.
- Refresh yourself: Taking breaks when cleaning is recommended because it can be a physically taxing chore. Taking breaks between activities helps save you from burning out or getting hurt.
- Clean using all-natural products: An alternative to using dangerous chemicals when cleaning is to use all-natural products. The environment benefits from them as well.
When cleaning, seniors should always put safety first. Safer cleaning for elders and their caretakers can be achieved by following these guidelines.
- Protect your hands by donning gloves: When handling hazardous materials or microorganisms, it’s best to wear gloves.
- Get a stepladder: Instead of standing on a chair or other precarious surface if you need to access a high shelf, use a step stool.
- Use mats that won’t slide around ninth: Slippery flooring are a common cause of injuries, but non-slip mats can assist.
Having a place for everything is essential for maintaining a clutter-free home. Here are some storage solutions for the elderly and their caretakers to consider:
- Make use of labels: Clearly labelling containers improves accessibility.
- Keep goods at hip height: Easy access and reduced risk of injury are two benefits of keeping often used goods at waist level.
- Make use of stackable bins for organization: Use stackable storage containers to make the most of your available vertical space.
Seniors and their caregivers must tackle the onerous task of spring cleaning. Seniors may make their homes safer and more comfortable by decluttering, cleaning, putting safety first, and making the most of available storage space if you can. Try to use all-natural cleaning supplies and take frequent breaks. The quality of life of seniors can be enhanced by keeping their homes clean and in order.
At Effraim Home Care, our caregivers are professionally trained to provide services that promote healthy living and well-being. Our caregivers provide wellness support, meal preparation, light housekeeping and other services, including mobility assistance, hygiene services and transportation to enhance seniors’ quality of life. Contact us today at (215) 826-7422 to learn more about our Bryn Mawr home care services and more. For more information on our service areas, please visit our locations served section.