People associate spring with nice weather, green grass, birds, sun, but with spring cleaning as well. Spring is time when you change your wardrobe, get rid of all unnecessary things, and clean up the whole house. If your parent, relative, or older neighbor lives alone, they cannot clean their house all by themselves. This means it is time for you to step in. This article will help you to understand how to help a senior with spring cleaning, as well as make sure the house remains safe for living.
Tips to Help the Elderly with Spring Cleaning
In order to help clean the house, follow these steps:
- Create a checklist.
- Gather a team.
- Throw unnecessary things away.
- Keep your elderly patient or loved one involved.
- Make sure the house is a safe place for seniors.
First, write down everything you need to do. This way, you won’t forget something. Ask your loved one about the priorities and what is the most important thing to do. See if you need gloves, wheels, or anything else to help you clean the house more easily. Also, make sure that necessary things, such as medicines, food in a fridge, important papers, etc. are easily accessible.
The more, the better. Call everyone! Kids, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, friends, and neighbors. Cleaning can be a social activity as well, not only tedious work. This will mean a lot to them, especially if they live alone. It is a good opportunity to socialize with friends and family.
At the end, make sure that the house is a safe place for a senior to live in. Check if fire detectors and other emergency devices work properly, as well as the telephone. This is a crucial thing in emergency situations.
Once you’re done with cleaning, it is time to go outside and have fun.
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