Spring Cleaning Means a Renewed Outlook for Seniors

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posted by Ted Ryan on April 16, 2014

Warm weather is arriving in St. Louis, and for many that means spring cleaning. The seasonal tradition is especially important for seniors who may no longer be able to keep up with household chores. The upcoming weeks are also a terrific time to lift your loved ones’ spirits and renew a positive outlook after a sometimes depressing time of the year.

Reach out to the seniors in your life. Ensuring clear pathways and disposing of expired foods and medications helps prevent unnecessary mishaps. It’s also a great chance to spend time together.

Throughout the process, be sure to cover these safety areas:

  • Clean out the medicine cabinet and dispose of medications that are expired or no longer prescribed.
  • Clean the refrigerator and throw away old or expired food.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Replace any burned out or dull light bulbs to ensure well lit rooms, hallways and stairs.
  • Remove clutter from walkways and stairways – especially steps to the basement, where things are often placed to take down later but get forgotten.
  • Get rid of throw-rugs to eliminate tripping hazards.

As you and you’re loved one clean, you should address any issues you encounter. If you find piles of unpaid bills, expired food or excessive messes, it may be time for a bit of extra help. A short weekly housekeeping visit from a well-matched caregiver can make remaining at home manageable and safe. If you are starting to feel that you or a loved one could use some help, please contact us.

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