Fall Cleaning Tips for Seniors
Fall is right around the corner, which for many people means it is time to start thinking about fall cleaning. A “fall sweep” is a great way to clean out the home and to reorganize after a busy and hectic summer. If you have a senior loved on in your life, and want to help them get more organized before they get holed up for the winter, then a fall sweep is a great idea.
If you are looking to get started with some fall cleaning, here are a few tips to help you and your senior loved one get organized and clean for the season:
- Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. There is no better time to make sure that the house is safe and that fire extinguishers aren’t expired, and smoke detectors don’t need their batteries replaced.
- Clean out the medicine cabinets. Make sure that any old or expired medications have been thrown out so that seniors aren’t accidentally taking medicines that no longer work. This is also a good time to make sure all medication is properly labeled and easy-to-read.
- Put away clutter and consider getting seniors lots of organized, clearly-marked bins, so that everything has its place.
- Space it out. When cleaning and organizing with a senior, it is important that you know your limits and know their limits. Only a few hours at a time will help keep seniors focused, and prevent them from getting burnt out.
- Organize important documents while you clean. Track down and file away all of your senior’s important documents. This is also a great time to make sure that everything is in order, that no documents are missing and that everything such as power-of-attorney and advanced health-care documents are all up-to-date. This is a great way to reorganize, reduce stress and prevent further anxieties for seniors.
- Make sure that the home is safe. This fall cleaning time is also an important time to reevaluate your senior loved one’s living conditions. Make sure that the home is free of fall-risks like loose rugs and open extension cords. Check all of the support bars in the bathrooms, reattach throw rugs with non-slip backings, and reorganize items in shelves to make sure they are easy to reach. This will prevent seniors from feeling like they need to climb on things to grab everyday items—while keeping the home organized and clutter-free.
There is no better time than the present to start getting your senior loved one more organized. Taking on a big cleaning project can seem like a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming for you or your loved one. Take your time, plan you “fall sweep” over several days, and take these tips to heart in order to get the most out of your fall cleaning venture.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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