The weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. That can only mean one thing: spring is here! Springtime is the perfect time to give your house a cleaning and an organization overhaul. If you have an aging parent who needs help getting their home tidy and clean, here are some tips that will help you get the job done with ease:
One of the most important things you can do to help tidy up your loved one’s living space is to get rid of any clutter. Having too much stuff around the home can be a major source of stress and can make living spaces feel uncomfortable. More importantly, clutter can be dangerous for seniors who are at risk of falls. Start by helping your parent get rid of any unnecessary furniture or knick-knacks taking up space in their home. Toss or donate unused items, remove hazards and repair anything that is broken. Simply eliminating piles of mail and bulky furniture can help create a calm and orderly living environment that is safe and comfortable.
Once you have removed the non-essential items and clutter, you can start to help your older parents organize remaining items so that they are easy to access. Rearrange furniture to create a wider living space or move drinking glasses to a lower shelf so that they are safer to reach. Use labeled storage containers to store items your loved one doesn’t use often, like important documents or extra throw blankets, so that the living space is tidier.
What would spring cleaning be without a thorough cleaning of the home? Helping your elderly loved one clean the hard-to-reach areas of their house, like baseboards, ceiling fans and closets is an easy way to create a safe and healthy living environment. Wipe down everything including windows, cabinets and refrigerators, remembering to check for expired foods. Deep clean carpets, flooring and bedding, and involve your senior by giving them small tasks like dusting furniture or wiping counters.
Evaluate home safety
At least once a year during a spring clean you should check to make sure your loved one’s home is a safe place for them to live. This may include:
- Replacing batteries in smoke detectors
- Replacing light bulbs
- Removing throw rugs or other floor coverings that could increase the risk for falls
- Updating emergency contact lists and instructions
- Installing grab bars or other assistive devices in the bathroom
- Checking medications and ensuring they are taking them regularly.
Take time to reminisce
Deep cleaning a home is a time-intensive task. Make sure you take the time to share memories and listen to stories of your loved one’s past. While you’re helping them organize, take the time to sort through old photos or heirlooms as an enjoyable way to reminisce.
Spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. By following these simple spring cleaning tips, you can help your aging loved one say goodbye to winter and prepare for warmer months ahead. If your senior still lives at home and you notice signs that they are no longer capable of performing these daily tasks, it might be time to start the conversation about assisted living. To schedule a personal tour or to talk to a staff member about our communities, contact Country Place Senior Living today.