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Is it Time for a Major Cleaning at Your Elderly Loved One's Home?

By Denise Roskamp

Home Care in Wayland MA


Most people think about major cleaning in the spring, but that's not always a good time for one reason or another. If your loved one's home hasn't had a deep cleaning in a while, maybe it's time to give it another go.

Start with Decluttering

Before you actually wind up cleaning anything, you might need to declutter quite a bit first. Go through your loved one's home and look for items that may be out of place or that could pose a tripping hazard. Over her lifetime, your loved one may have simply collected quite a few things. Don't declutter without your loved one's input, of course, because that can cause some serious issues. If your loved one has need of significant help decluttering, due to hoarding, for example, you might want to enlist the help of a professional organizer.

Check Out Potential Safety Issues

While you're decluttering and taking general stock of your loved one's home, take a few moments to look for any obvious safety issues. Make a list so that even if you don't have time to fix the problems yourself right then you can make sure that the problems are solved.

Clean from the Top Down

When you do start cleaning, start from the top down in every room. Also, you will want to start in one corner of the room and work your way around until you've finished. This helps you to avoid dirtying areas that you've already cleaned and helps you to keep track of what is clean and what still needs cleaning.

Don't Forget the Garage

An often-overlooked area is usually the garage, carport, or shed in your loved one's home. Make sure that you toss out anything that is expired or too hazardous to keep around. Rearrange some items if necessary to make them easier for your loved one to get to.

Keep Your Loved One Involved

Above all, you want to keep your loved one involved in the cleaning process. If she's got health conditions that keep her from being active in the cleaning, that's not a problem. You do want to make sure that she's aware of anything that you're tossing out or moving so that she has input into those decisions.
If you're really going to be tackling a lot of cleaning, you might want to have friends, family members, or your loved one's home care providers there to help with her needs while you dive into cleaning.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN WAYLAND MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164