4 tips to help seniors with spring cleaning

Bryan Aldrige

March 22, 2012

It's easy to help your senior relatives with spring cleaning!Spring is in the air! At the start of a brand new season, it's always a good idea to get motivated and refreshed by cleaning house. Now's the time to clear out the garage, get rid of unnecessary items in the home and make sure that everything's working properly. Here are four tips to help you and your loved ones get the most out of a spring cleaning session.

1. Before you start throwing things out and cleaning, make sure your loved one is okay with it. Some people become very attached to their belongings and would be devastated if you were to throw something out that they still wanted. Discuss what you plan to do before starting and ask the owner if you have a question about the importance of a certain item. This will ensure that your loved one is grateful for your help – not annoyed at the prospect of working with you.

2. Clear out the medicine cabinet. It's a good idea to take everything out and discard any medications that have reached their expiration date or haven't been used in a while. These medicines are no longer safe for your loved ones to use. Also, it's a good idea to check that each medication is in the proper container to avoid any mix-ups and that they're being stored in a cool, dry place where they won't be compromised.

3. Go over safety measures. This includes checking the locks on all of the doors and windows, replacing the batteries in fire and carbon monoxide alarms, getting fire extinguishers checked to ensure they're in proper working condition and making sure that your loved one's medical alarm system is still functioning properly. It's also a good idea to check and see if your relative knows how to operate these devices. Luckily, medical alert devices from Bay Alarm are easy to use – all it takes is the push of a button to be connected to help in the event of an emergency.

4. Get rid of clutter. This can help to reduce the risk of slips and falls in your relative's house. Clear any pathways of furniture or obstructions, and make sure it's easy to get around each room. Organizing cabinets and drawers is also helpful, as it will make frequently-used items more accessible. Also, go through the pantry and refrigerator to ensure that there are no food items that have reached their expiration dates or gone bad.

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