Spring-Cleaning Ideas for Seniors | Executive Care of Hackensack

It may not quite feel like it yet, but spring is almost here, Hackensack! 

With springtime often comes the desire to clean up and clean out the home—a desire that isn’t lost during the aging process. There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process.

Spring-Cleaning Tips

One of the first goals of spring-cleaning can be getting rid of or sorting through clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better, but is beneficial for your loved one’s safety as items that are scattered about could pose a tripping hazard.

Are there piles of stuff throughout the house? No matter how organized those piles may be, there’s no time like the present to sort through them and decide what you still need and what can go.

A general rule of thumb is this: If it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes items like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor. 

Another spring-cleaning idea is organizing important documents. This is a task that can be a family job, as it could include important financial, health and other legal documents. Knowing how to quickly find and access your loved one’s info, such as a durable power of attorney or advanced healthcare directive, is vital and something that can help reduce stress and streamline the process in many scenarios.

The medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a bit of spring-cleaning. There are many drug take-back days put on through various government agencies, including local, and also many online resources that can help you know how to properly dispose of medications.

If mobility is an issue, your loved one can crush and pour unnecessary or expired pills/capsules into a sealable bag. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like kitty litter, coffee grounds or dirt. You will also want to remove the identifiable information on the bottles/packaging to help keep medical information private. 

Most importantly, any senior who is embarking on the spring-cleaning process should know and recognize his or her limits. Some of the tasks may be difficult to pull off alone or could pose a risk of injury. There’s no shame in asking for help from family or utilizing in-home services.

Executive Care of Hackensack can provide assistance through a variety of in-home care services, including those that help your loved one with tasks around the house. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the services we offer!