Seniors & Spring-Cleaning | Executive Care of Great Neck
Spring is here, and that means it’s time to embrace the warmer weather and blooming flowers!
With the season comes that tried and true tradition of spring-cleaning. There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process.
Spring-Cleaning Tips for Seniors
One of the first spring-cleaning goals should be going through and getting rid of clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better, but is also an important step 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 is still necessary.
Keep in mind that if it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This can include items like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor.
Your loved one’s medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a bit of spring-cleaning. There are many drug take-back days organized by various government agencies, including those at the local level, and also many online resources that can help you know how to properly dispose of medications.
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. The identifiable information on the packaging should be removed to help keep medical information private.
Another idea is organizing important documents.
This is a task that should be a family job, since it could 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 will 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 their 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 Great Neck 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!