Spring-Cleaning Tips for Seniors | Executive Care of Richmond
The time to say goodbye to winter is here, Richmond!
Out with the cold and in with the warmer weather and blooming flowers—and with the springtime comes that tried and true tradition of spring-cleaning. There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process.
Spring-Cleaning for Older Adults
One of the first goals of spring-cleaning can be going through and getting rid of clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better but is beneficial for safety, as items that are scattered about could pose a tripping hazard.
Are there piles of stuff throughout the house? It doesn’t matter if those piles are organized, there’s no time like the present to sort through them and decide what you still need and what can go.
A general rule of thumb is this: If it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes items like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor.
The medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a bit of spring-cleaning. There are many drug take-back days put on through various government agencies, including local, and also many online resources that can help you know how to properly dispose of medications.
If getting to a drug take-back day is difficult, your loved one can crush and pour unneeded or expired pills/capsules into a sealable bag. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like kitty litter, coffee grounds or dirt. You should also remove the identifiable information on the bottles/packaging to help keep medical information private.
Another spring-cleaning idea is organizing important documents. This is a task that can be a family job, as it should include important financial, health and other legal documents. Knowing how to quickly find and access your loved one’s info, such as a durable power of attorney or advanced healthcare directive, is vital and something that can help reduce stress and streamline the process in many scenarios.
Most importantly, any senior who is starting the spring-cleaning process should know and recognize his or her limits. Some of the tasks may be difficult to pull off alone or could pose a risk of injury. There’s no shame in asking for help from family or utilizing in-home services.
Executive Care of Richmond can provide assistance through a variety of in-home care services, including those that help your loved one with tasks around the house. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the services we offer!BACK