Tips For Fall Cleaning With Seniors
Many seniors decide to do a little seasonal cleaning every fall after all of the hustle and bustle of summer activity has finally worn down. The end of summer is a great time for seniors to clean and declutter and to make sure their lives are as organized as possible. For many seniors, this means their caregivers and loved ones will also need to step in and help in order to make sure that everything is done safely and efficiently. Here are a few tips to keep in mind whenever you plan on helping a senior clean and declutter their home.
- Start With the Clutter
Clutter is one of the biggest safety issues for any senior in their home. Extra clutter means extra chances for trips and falls. Removing clutter is one of the best ways to make a home safer. Look for things that take up space, especially on the floor or that cover up important access points such as handrails, furniture or outlets. The less clutter, the better.
- Do a Deep Clean of the Pantry and Refrigerator
There are so many seniors today who unfortunately consume expired food. It can be easy to forget to check the labels on food, produce and condiments, and accidentally consuming expired items such as this can cause serious harm. Do a deep clean of all of the food in the home. Look for expired or soon-to-be expired items and remove them right away.
- Do a Safety Check of the Bathroom
The bathroom is the number one area in the home where falls occur. For many people today, it is also the dirtiest room in the home. In addition to doing a deep clean of the bathroom to remove mold and mildew, make sure to do an additional safety check of this space to ensure that it is free from potential hazards. All rugs should be secured to the ground, there should be a non-slip mat in the bathtub and the toilet and tub should have safety railings in place as well.
- Check the Medicine Cabinet
A deep home clean is a great time to check the medicine cabinets in any senior’s home. Make certain that all of the medications are clearly labeled and that they are stored in their proper containers. It is also important to make sure that old prescriptions aren’t anywhere near current prescriptions. Once a senior no longer needs a medication it needs to be removed from the cabinet. There are also many medications that can and will expire that need to be removed as well.
- Check All Safety Systems
Make sure that the smoke alarms are working and that there are fire extinguishers and emergency kits available in the home. It is also important to change the air filters in the home, as failing to do so can leave dust, dirt and pollen circulating through the home and leaving seniors susceptible to allergy issues.
These cleaning tip can all go a long way in helping any senior get the clean, safe and healthy home they deserve. However, the most important thing for caregivers to remember when it comes to helping with home cleaning, is that their loved one should always be included in the process and feel involved with the care of their own home.
- 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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