Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and allergens are rising – all signs that Spring has sprung! The season of rejuvenation also inspires the urge for a fresh start in mind, body, and spirit, beginning with our living spaces. Time for spring cleaning!
Great news for seniors and the rest of us: deep cleaning and decluttering can lift our mood. Studies show that seniors can enjoy many health benefits from decluttering, from letting go of stress, feeling more peaceful and in control, improving mental focus, and fending off depression. Deep cleaning the home provides several physical benefits for seniors as well, like reducing the levels of dust, mold and allergens, and removing harmful bacteria.
Senior Safety While Spring Cleaning
While spring cleaning can be a great way to freshen up your living space and get organized, it’s important for older adults and seniors to prioritize safety. Here are seven spring cleaning safety tips for individuals aged 65 and up:
Take it slow and pace yourself: Avoid overexertion by spreading out your cleaning tasks over several days or weeks. Take regular breaks and listen to your body to prevent fatigue and injury.
Declutter with caution: Clearing out clutter can improve safety but be mindful of tripping hazards. Remove unnecessary items, but make sure pathways and walkways remain clear and free of obstacles.
Use proper lifting techniques: When moving heavy objects or lifting boxes, remember to bend your knees, keep your back straight, and use the strength of your legs rather than your back. If an item is too heavy, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Avoid climbing on ladders: Falling from a ladder can result in serious injuries. If you must reach high areas, consider using a reaching tool with a long handle or ask for help. Alternatively, hire a professional for tasks that require ladder use.
Ensure proper ventilation: Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful when inhaled. Open windows or doors to promote air circulation while you clean. If necessary, wear a mask or use respiratory protection.
Stay hydrated: Cleaning can be physically demanding, so remember to drink plenty of water throughout the process. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and dizziness, so keep a water bottle nearby and take regular sips.
Be cautious with electrical appliances: When using electrical appliances for cleaning, such as vacuum cleaners or steam cleaners, make sure cords are in good condition and not frayed. Avoid using damaged or malfunctioning equipment to prevent accidents or electric shocks.
Decluttering and Cleaning Help for Seniors Feeling Overwhelmed
Remember, if you have any concerns about your ability to safely complete certain cleaning tasks, consider seeking assistance from family members, friends or professionals such as a cleaning service or a home care agency like Amada Senior Care. Prioritizing safety during spring cleaning ensures a healthier and more enjoyable experience for seniors looking to capture the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation.
“7 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips for Seniors,” written by Michelle Flores, Amada blog contributor.