Spring is a time for cleaning and decluttering from the holidays and long winter months. Seniors in assisted living communities can use this time to freshen up their living space and improve their safety. In this post, we’ll provide tips for seniors, as well as assisted living staff, to make the most of these spring cleaning efforts.
Start with a Plan:
- Before starting any cleaning or decluttering, seniors, with the help of caregivers, should make a plan of what they want to accomplish. This can include making a list of specific areas or items to clean, and scheduling time to complete each task.
- Seniors should not hesitate to ask for help from family members, friends, or caregivers. Here at Bel Aire, we are willing to be the muscle behind this endeavor, and we take it upon ourselves to promote and maintain a safe, clear, and clean environment. Cleaning can be physically demanding, and having help can make the process easier and safer.
- Assisted living facility staff should take the opportunity to help declutter their resident’s living space, getting rid of any items that are no longer needed or used. This can include old clothes, expired medications, and outdated electronics. For some, it may be difficult to get rid of clutter, as objects may hold sentimental value. In this situation, be gentle but encouraging. It may help to explain some of the safety hazards involved with too much clutter, such as falls, cuts, and even respiratory problems.
Clean and Disinfect:
- Assisted living facilities should prioritize cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, and countertops. We should use cleaning products that are safe for our senior’s living space and health.
In conclusion, spring cleaning can be a valuable opportunity for seniors in assisted living communities to freshen up their living space and minimize their risk of injury. By making a plan, enlisting help, decluttering, cleaning, and disinfecting, seniors can make the most of their spring cleaning efforts. At Bel Aire, we hope to encourage a spring freshen-up for all of our residents!
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