Tips for Seniors
The end of winter is the perfect time to spruce up your home by following these simple spring cleaning tips for seniors.
As the doldrums of winter give way to warmer weather and the green sprouts of hope, now is a great time to greet Sweet Springtime by freshening your house or senior living apartment. To help you get started, we’ve put together a checklist of spring cleaning tips for seniors.
1. Clear Away Clutter
Even the neatest of neat freaks can let things go a little over the winter. Having a lot of stuff around can lead to trips and falls. Clear your path by clearing things out.
For convenience over the cold weather months, you may have left out hard-to-access appliances like a bread maker, crock pot or portable room heater. If they are a little heavier than you can comfortably lift, invite a younger friend or relative over for lunch and ask them to give you a hand in putting seasonal items away.
You will want to make sure the walkways inside your home are free and clear of obstructions like ottomans, kitchen chairs and foldable shopping carts. Push them against the wall to get them out of your way. Area rugs are another tripping hazard. After cleaning, be sure to tape the edges to the floor. Better yet, get rid of them altogether in favor of bare hardwood, tile or fresh wall-to-wall carpeting.
Don’t forget your pantry. Donate unwanted, unexpired foods to a local shelter and toss out old and stale items from cupboards and refrigerator. That includes spices.
2. Switch to Lightweight Cordless Cleaning Tools
Why risk getting tangled in an electric cord or straining a muscle struggling to maneuver your heavy duty vacuum cleaner when cordless options are safer and easier to use. A bonus is that most are smaller and take up a lot less space in your utility closet.
3. Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet
It’s easy to accumulate dozens of bottles of half-used pills and prescriptions. And just as easy to take a few minutes to sort and pitch ones that are expired or you no longer need to take.
Liquid antibiotics and organic-based medicines go bad quickly so those can be the first to go. Don’t forget to check your refrigerator. Prescriptions that need to be kept cold are more likely to lose their potency or become dangerous to take after a certain point. Many towns offer prescription drug drop-off centers where you can safely dispose of pills and medicines.
Other spring cleaning tips for seniors include testing your smoke detectors, donating old winter clothes, and making sure your First Aid Kit is stocked with fresh bandages and ointments as well as a working thermometer, tweezers, and scissors.
Taking time to get your home in order will let you relax and enjoy the pleasures of the new season.
MorningStar Senior Living
If your loved one lives far from family and friends, it could be time to move into a senior living community where they’ll have environmental safety and security as well as the companionship of fellow seniors and a compassionate care team. At MorningStar Senior Living, a 24/7 team is dedicated to offering care and hospitality services that meet each resident’s social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.