In many people’s lives, there comes a time when their parents are no longer able to take care of themselves in a healthy way while living alone. In these cases, you may want to pursue either an in-home care or senior care option such as Seniors Helping Seniors, or look for alternatives to expensive, potentially harmful senior homes such as having your parents move into your home with you and your family.
If you decide to have your parents move into your home and have yourself and your family help take care of them, then you are more than likely looking to implement some ways to help organize your home overall to provide an easier, more comfortable experience for both yourself and your parents. It’s well known that an organized house makes life easier for elderly parents, especially those who want to live as independently as possible.
It can be pretty surprising how much of a personal and mental detox cleaning and organizing your home can be. In addition, it helps relieve a lot of stress when you wake up and have a workspace that is neat, clean, and properly organized. Showing up to a desk or kitchen full of clutter, dirty dishes, and unnecessary objects can slowly but surely add up in your mind. As you begin to age, organization can become an even more important aspect of your life. Some individuals choose to partake in various puzzles or other activities to help keep their mind sharp and keen, while others may want to do physical activities such as walking, gardening, or cleaning around the house. Regardless, keeping an organized, tidy home can go a long way. We’ve compiled some tips on organizing and maintaining a clean home for seniors and elderly parents.
The first step is to do a full assessment and review the home’s space to see what should be prioritized and organized first. Often times, this will include commonly frequented areas such as kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, shelves and pantries, pet-related spaces, laundry rooms, closets, desks, bookshelves, hallways, and stairs. Most of the time, you’ll want to see how much clutter and mess is in these areas, if there are any potential hazards or accidents waiting to happen, and looking out for potential areas where your parents may slip or fall, or come close to being in contact with other hazardous items.
When you begin rearranging items around the house, it’s important to keep in mind the actual usability and effectiveness of the organization effort. If you spend a lot of time organizing and tidying up your home, but end up making things harder to reach or find, it may cause more problems than you began with. Take the time to have a discussion beforehand regarding the most used items and areas, so you can create a good plan.
Next comes the next big step: the removal process. This is where you’ll want to go all around your home, in all areas, and remove, discard, donate, or throw away all of your unneeded junk that has been sitting around for years collecting dust and not being used. Sometimes, you may want to remove or get rid of some memorable or sentimental items. In these cases, you can take pictures of the items, or organize them within more specific areas, so that you can still have the memories of them and view them for nostalgia later.
The most important aspects of organizing your home for a senior parent or family member is to take their wants and needs into consideration. Speak with them first about how they’d like things organized, and get some help if you need it! You can always ask neighbors or family friends to assist you in the process as well.