Helping Your Loved One With Spring-Cleaning | Executive Care of Toms River
Spring is here! Are you and your aging loved one ready to embark on the time-honored tradition of spring-cleaning?
If you believe aging can minimize the need for spring-cleaning, think again! There are plenty of ways seniors can participate and enjoy the spring-cleaning process.
Getting the Cleaning Started
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 it is also beneficial for safety, as items that are scattered about can increase fall risk.
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.
Remember—if it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item is not needed and can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes things 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 at the local level.
If getting to a drug take-back event is difficult, your loved one can crush and pour pills/capsules into a sealable bag. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like kitty litter, coffee grounds or dirt before being disposed of. 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 health care 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 Toms River 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!