Spring cleaning tips for your home
Now that the rain has cleared up and spring is in the air, it is the perfect time for spring cleaning!
Spring is the time to clear out your wardrobe, clean out the garage or get up to speed with the gardening; however caring for a home takes a great deal of time and energy which can become unmanageable for our ageing loved ones.
As a caregiver, spring is a great time to take notice of your loved one’s living conditions. Are they living in a clean and safe environment? Is there excess clutter or poor lighting that could be hazardous to their mobility?
Here are five simple steps to help your loved ones with their spring cleaning:
- Make a checklist
Write down everything you and the person you care for would like to get done. Whether it is cleaning windows, clearing out the gutters, cleaning out the refrigerator of expired items, filing important documents or going through the shed – a list will help you organise and plan. Discuss with your loved one what task is most important and make that first on your checklist.
- Team work
A day of spring cleaning doesn’t have to be boring, make it a social event for the entire family! Socialising with friends and family is extremely important for older people. Depending on how much you have to do, you may want to break up the cleaning over a few weekends or allocate certain tasks to different family members.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If the person you care for needs help at home, Southern Plus offers a range of home care services.
- Cleanliness and Personal Hygiene
The first sign of an older person needing help at home is the way they take care of themselves and their living environment. If your loved one’s home seems to be poorly maintained, it might be a sign of self-neglect or social withdrawal.
A clean living environment as well as good personal hygiene is essential to an older person’s health and wellbeing. Make sure your loved one is showering regularly, wearing clean clothes, and generally maintaining themselves properly. If you find signs that they are no longer capable of performing these daily tasks, it might be time to look into getting them some extra help at home.
- Involve your loved one
No one likes feeling useless, so keep your loved one engaged no matter what their limitations are. If the person you care for has trouble moving around, have them sit and go through paperwork or sort clothes while your family or support worker takes care of the rest.
Make sure your loved one’s home is a safe and secure place for them to live in:
- Check all emergency devices such as smoke alarms, personal and house alarms and make sure they have new batteries and are easily accessible
- Remove or tape down moveable rugs
- Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas
- Store hazardous items like cleaning products in a safe place away from the kitchen
- Make sure emergency contact numbers are programmed into the telephone or mobile phone
- Pack things away that may be a tripping hazard
- Check medications. Make sure tablets aren’t expired and that they are taking them regularly.
For more information about home care services contact 1300 000 161.