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This time of year is a perfect time to spruce up the home – it’s not called “spring cleaning” for nothing.

This seasonal tidying up is particularly important for seniors, giving them a chance to make their home safer, cleaner and more healthy. These tips will help make the process as easy as possible for your loved one.

Make a checklist

In addition to the usual vacuuming, mopping, dusting and sanitizing of rooms, consider some often overlooked areas:

  • Medicine cabinet: Remove expired and unused medications.
  • Refrigerator and pantry: Throw out expired food.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Test and replace old batteries.
  • Hazards: Replace worn-out light bulbs and remove rugs that may be a trip hazard.

Collect the clutter

Eliminating clutter and seldom-used items makes the home safer and easier to clean. Identify knick-knacks, clothing and furniture that can be eliminated.

Reorganize before you sanitize

After the clutter has been cleared, focus on organizing items in logical places.  Gather important financial, health and legal documents and put them in a single space. Put regularly used items in accessible locations, while tucking away rarely used objects.

Include your loved one

Involving them will make them feel more comfortable with the process and let them have input into what stays and goes. Cleaning can also be good exercise and a great way to bond with your family members.

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