Clutter comes in many forms, and aging adults often have excess paper products, knickknacks, and pieces of memorabilia that start to overtake their homes. If your loved one’s home is prone to clutter, you can share the following benefits of eliminating unnecessary items to motivate him or her to clean up.
Eliminate Common Fall Risks
A cluttered house makes it difficult for seniors to move freely from room to room. While your loved one should always have a clear walking path, he or she must also be wary of the unexpected dangers associated with too much clutter. For instance, mail or newspapers that fall off of a desk and onto the floor could create a slippery surface that leads to a fall. Decluttering can prevent these types of sudden mishaps.
From decluttering their homes to preparing healthy meals, older adults may require assistance with a wide variety of daily activities. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Pembroke Pines seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Create Space for a Caregiver
Seniors who choose to age in place benefit from having someone stop by to check on them each day. Your loved one may also reach a point where he or she needs an overnight caregiver. Either way, your parent’s house may be more spacious after removing clutter.
If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Pembroke Pines Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
Reduce Allergens in the Home
Every item in a home creates a place for dust and other household allergens to settle. While regular dusting can eliminate allergens, your loved one may not always be up to the task of doing strenuous housekeeping chores. With each piece of clutter you move out of your parent’s home, there’s one less place for dust and mold spores to settle. Reducing allergens in the home is especially important if your loved one has respiratory issues or pets that generate a lot of dander.
Make It Possible to Downsize
For many older adults who want to age independently, moving to a smaller house eases financial concerns and makes it easier to manage the upkeep. Clearing out the clutter can help your loved one see that it’s possible to downsize without feeling overwhelmed by the packing and moving process.
Free Up More Time for Enjoyable Activities
Seniors should have plenty of time to pursue their interests after retirement, but your loved one could be wasting precious time by spending hours each week trying to clean unnecessary items. For example, knickknacks often take up space and require constant dusting. Unused furniture also requires cleaning and polishing, and finding a new home for these items means your loved one no longer has to worry about the maintenance. Help your loved one identify a few things he or she might enjoy doing instead of cleaning, and make it a goal to do these activities once the clutter is cleared.
Decluttering can be a difficult task for older adults with serious health issues. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Pembroke Pines elder care agency you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services. To create a customized in-home care plan for your elderly parent, call us at (954) 374-8273 today.