A thorough yearly cleaning of your loved one’s space can be very beneficial. It marks the beginning of spring after what may have been a cold and lonely winter. They may look forward to an area that is cleaner and better organized. Planning and taking part in the cleaning with you, another family member, or a home health aide may be a fun event for them. It also reduces the risk of slip and falls, as well as respiratory illness.
On the other hand, your loved one may become overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning or organizing what may be a daunting task. You can simplify the process by helping them through it. Here are some ideas for spring cleaning:
Clean and Sanitize Physical Spaces
Here are some suggestions for cleaning and sanitizing the physical living quarters. Adjust and prioritize your list based on the size and needs of their apartment, home, or room.
- Clean kitchen appliances (refrigerator, microwave, stove, ect)
- Wipe down tables and counters
- Clean out cabinets and refrigerator of expired food and medications
- Dust ceiling fans, lamps, and windowsills
- Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and carpets
Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clear out the clutter that’s been hanging around all winter. Donate, remove, or throw away items that your loved one no longer needs, and better organize everything else.
- Sort through mail, magazines, and other paperwork
- Clean out closets of unused or unneeded items
The change in seasons is a great time to complete other miscellaneous tasks that may have gotten neglected during the colder weather.
- Check or change batteries in smoke detectors
- Wash all bedding and change sheets