Caregivers: Spring Is Here and It’s Time To Clean!
Ron Culyer, CSA
We are reaching the time of year when our cabin fever is breaking. We are peeking our heads out from under the covers realizing we have a mess. We have heard, and I’m sure participated in, “Spring Cleaning” for most of our lives. This ritual is never more important than when we are a caregiver for a senior.
Spring-cleaning isn’t only about knocking down the cobwebs, cleaning out the fireplace or dusting the coffee tables. It is about safety and assuring that your loved one is safe in their home. Spring is a good time to make sure all alert system batteries have been changed. This includes med-reminder and medical alert systems as well as, smoke and carbon monoxide devices. While changing batteries it is also a good idea to make sure all light bulbs are in working order and that rooms and pathways are properly lit inside and outside the home.
Another thing to consider while doing the annual cleanup is to check expiration dates on foods, medicines and cleaning supplies. This can free up some much needed storage space in bathrooms and kitchens. Storage space is almost always at a premium for those who have built up a lifetime of memories around them. It may be a good idea to have a set starting point, say a certain room, attic or section of the garage. Don’t over do it right out of the gate; pace yourself.
Spring-cleaning can be a positive and fun experience. It is a good way for family caregivers and their senior loved ones to bond while making the caregiving home healthier and safer. It gives the senior empowerment. It will make them feel better about where they live and more importantly about those who care for them.