Spring Cleaning Tips for a Senior’s Home

Signs that Older Adult Needs Home Care

Spring cleaning no longer means scrubbing every surface of the house to remove the dark, sooty grime nor do many people throw open all the doors and windows of the house to get the stale winter air out and let in the fresh fragrance of spring.

Today, we continue the tradition of spring cleaning in different ways. It’s an especially important routine in homes where seniors may no longer be able to keep up with regular housekeeping chores.

Here are five steps to get it done, if your senior loved one’s home could use a good corner-to-corner cleaning:

Make a checklist. Write down everything you and your senior loved one would like to get done. You may include washing windows and curtains, wiping out the refrigerator, scrubbing the floor, etc. Be sure to include the following tasks to reduce senior safety hazards:

Clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of expired medications or those no longer prescribed

Throw away any expired food

Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Remove clutter from walkways

Replace light bulbs if necessary and ensure rooms and hallways are adequately lit

Get rid of throw-rugs to eliminate tripping hazards

Consider installing grab bars in the bathroom

Make it a family affair. If you can’t convince family members to lend a hand, consider hiring help. A professional caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga can assist with laundry, dusting, vacuuming and other light housekeeping tasks.

It’s important to keep your loved one engaged and feeling useful, no matter what his or her limitations. If it’s not easy for Mom to get around, hand her the silver polish and silverware. Or give Dad a stack of papers to go through while you take care of the rest of the home.

De-clutter, then clean. Seniors who have accumulated a lifetime of belongings often have so much stuff that it clutters the house and makes it difficult to clean, much less live safely in. Don’t just clean around the piles—tackle them first. But, be careful not to get trash-happy. Learn the 10 reasons seniors hang on to stuff and how to handle the clutter in a diplomatic manner.

Finally, be sure to address any problems you uncover while cleaning. If you discover your loved one has piles of unpaid bills, expired food in the pantry or hasn’t been cleaning up after the pets, perhaps it’s time for some extra help around the house. A little housekeeping help from a caregiver for just a few hours a week can help keep the home clean while offering your loved one companionship and support on a regular basis.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
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