Spring Cleaning is in the Air

The flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and a reminder to clean and de-clutter our homes and our lives. Many seniors grew up with the concept of spring cleaning and to continue to make it a part of their annual routine. Here are few items you should check at least twice a year to help your elderly parent or disabled loved one maintain independence and safety.

  • Medicine Cabinet – Clean the medicine cabinet and check all items for expiration dates. Are the medications stored in their own containers? Are they stored in a cool, dry place? Discard any unused medications.
  • Pantry – Clean and check all items for expiration dates. Wipe off counters to clear from any spilled items. Organize cabinets to make frequently-used items more accessible, and throw away outdated food from the pantry or refrigerator.
  • Smoke Alarms – Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Run a test to ensure they’re working. Check flashlights and battery operated radio in case of emergency.
  • Hallway – Remove clutter to reduce the risk of trips and falls. Also, remove unnecessary furniture that obstructs the traffic flow. Check lighting and replace any burned-out or dim bulbs.
  • Emergency Plans – Program the phone with emergency contacts on speed dial. Work with neighbors to help identify problems before they happen or when something has gone wrong and help is needed.
  • Check the Home and Yard for Any Potential Hazards. Be sure that all stairs, railings, walkways and other areas to move through are safe.  Repair any unsafe areas immediately preventing possible injury.
  • Streamline Possessions. As we get older, the amount of “stuff” we accumulate seems to grow exponentially.  Gently go through some very sentimental things with your loved one and review what really needs to be saved, disposed or donate. This will be another way in remembering “good ‘ol days” and many seniors enjoy passing down sentimental items to family members.

Source: The Saratogian News

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