April 16, 2024

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Safe Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors at Home

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When flowers bloom, bees buzz, and the weather becomes a bit warmer, you know spring is upon us. While spring is a time to get outdoors and enjoy the mild climate, it is also a popular time to start refreshing and cleaning your home and living spaces.

Seniors aging in place might need a helping hand with spring cleaning, even if they’ve handled home maintenance on their own in the past. Physical challenges, cognitive decline, and limited mobility can hinder the ability to tackle larger home-cleaning projects alone.

If you are a primary caregiver, the idea of taking on more tasks might feel overwhelming. That’s where Visiting Angels can assist. We can focus on non-medical senior care and activities of daily living for your loved one, allowing you time to focus on getting their home ready for spring.

What to Check in a Senior’s Home During Spring Home Maintenance

Here’s a handy checklist of items to tackle once the weather warms up. Start with these spring-cleaning tasks to help your senior loved one keep their home in good working order:

  • Air conditioners and HVAC systems
    Clean the vents and replace the filters to improve air quality
  • Clutter
    Store or remove unnecessary items or clutter, especially piles in hallways or stairwells, that could increase the risk of falls
  • Dust
    Improve air quality by removing dust from baseboards, ceiling fans, carpets, and anywhere it has built up. This is particularly important for seniors with asthma, allergies, or COPD
  • Gutters and windows
    Clear gutters of leaves and debris, and wash windows to help allow in more natural light
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    Replace the batteries and test these devices to make sure they are working properly

Spring is also a great time to assess home safety by:

  • Installing slip guards, grab bars, and railings to prevent falls
  • Inspecting appliances to ensure they are working properly
  • Checking bathroom fixtures to make sure they are functional and safe

When possible, involve your loved one in chores to help them maintain independence. Recruit family and friends to help with these projects and enjoy spending time together.

Related reading: 7 Safety Risks Caregivers See in Homes of Seniors

How Visiting Angels Can Help

Visiting Angels in-home caregivers can help with light housekeeping and non-medical services, such as:

  • Bathing and dressing assistance
  • Companion care and conversation
  • Errands and grocery shopping
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation to activities and appointments

Keeping your senior’s home in good shape doesn’t have to be burdensome. We’re here to help take daily tasks off your mind so you can focus on big projects—and spend valuable time together.

Contact us to learn how Visiting Angels can provide support during the spring or any time of the year when you need home care assistance.  We are located in Milton Delaware and cover all of Sussex County, call 302-329-9475

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