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Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors
Apr 7, 2017 by Luke Ries
In the past, spring cleaning was a time to clean out the debris from wood-burning stoves and candles that were used all winter long. Nowadays, spring cleaning is a time to declutter the house, organize closets, and get rid of unneeded items.
Tips for Spring Cleaning
For seniors, cleaning can be a daunting task. They may not have the mobility or energy they used to, and can feel overwhelmed or tired quickly. However, there are some tips they can follow to help reduce the risk of feeling stressed out or tired.
- Medicine Cabinets: Start small when starting a cleaning project. Have your loved ones make sure their medications are not expired and are properly stored. Medications should be stored in a dark, dry area, and should not be stored in a bathroom.
- Clean Up Clutter: Clutter can cause unnecessary trips and falls. Organizing or throwing away clutter can reduce the risk of falling. Taping carpet or throw rugs to the floor can also prevent tripping.
- Heavy Objects: Don’t let your loved one move heavy objects. With spring cleaning may come the need to move heavy furniture or objects. Make sure your loved one knows to ask for help when it comes to moving furniture.
- Smoke, Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Every six months fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked for proper functionality. Checking batteries and testing them to see if they work are important part of this process.
- Emergency Plan: With spring cleaning comes making sure your loved one has an emergency plan in action in case of a fall, robbery, or accident. Program your loved ones’ speed dial to have important numbers easily accessible.
- Restock Emergency Kit: In addition to an emergency plan, your loved one should have an emergency kit that is properly stocked with essentials. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to ensure these kits have appropriate and functioning objects such as flashlights, batteries, blanket, medicine, phone numbers, band aids, bottled water, and protein bars.
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