1. Clear out all of the clutter first: Before you start cleaning the house you should start by separating all the items your elderly relative wants to keep, and place them in a different pile than the things you are discarding. Often Seniors feel they need to keep many items that they will in all likelihood they do not need. A good rule of thumb is if they do not have a example of the last time they had a use for that item in the past 3 years then it is a good item to donate to their local charity of choice.
2. Within Reach: While cleaning, organize the refrigerator and pantry. Be sure to discard all expired food. This is a great time to discuss with the Senior relocating items for ease of reach. It is important to do this because when seniors are living independently someone cannot always be there to help them out; instead, keep things in easy reach for them to access with no hesitation.
3. Check safety devices: A Senior’s home should not only be clean, but it has to be safe as well. Final step before finishing up this spring clean should be to check the working status of the fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and alarm systems.
While you are spring cleaning, this is a great time to consider installing an emergency response system. Utilizing a local company to provide this service has many benefits over large chains. Call us today and we can arrange for s local senior specialist to come out and install this much needed safety net for your loved one. It allows you to get assistance quickly if your loved one has fallen or in case of other emergencies.