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The (Cleaning) Rites Of Spring

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/8/2015
Who doesn't love Spring? The snow has melted, skies are blue, and flowers are blooming in abundance. The long cold winter has finally loosened its icy grip on the world, and the air is filled with birdsong and the fresh scent of Spring. For the elderly in particular, Spring can be a rejuvenating time. After all, elderly individuals are more likely to be home bound during the winter months. Even a minor cold can result in far more serious medical issues for the elderly, and a single slip on the ice can result in broken bones and loss of mobility. For this reason, many elderly people do not venture out during the winter months unless absolutely necessary.

A house that has been closed up for months can become stale and stuffy. So when Spring comes, it's time to help your elderly loved one open the widows, air out that closed up house, and do some serious spring cleaning. Here are some tips for helping the elderly perform routine spring cleaning tasks.

Make A List
Sit down with your elderly loved one and come up with a list of the things that s/he would like to have done during this spring cleaning season. Making an organized list will ensure that nothing gets missed, and it will give your loved one a sense of accomplishment as s/he is able to check off the items one by one as tasks are accomplished.

Out With The Old
It's easy for a closed up house to become cluttered during the winter months. Help your elderly loved one go through his or her possessions and get rid of items that s/he no longer wants to keep. Old magazines and newspapers can be recycled, and other items can be donated to a local charitable organization. If your loved one is willing and able, a garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted items, make some extra cash, and interact with the neighborhood as everyone turns out to browse the items for sale.

Stock Up On Cleaning Supplies
You can't clean without the right tools, so be sure to visit The Medical Maven to stock up this spring cleaning season. Swiffer Duster Refills are disposable and easy to use, and a can of Lysol Disinfectant Cleaner will banish germs from the air. Fill any room with an inviting lemon scent and restore a lustrous sheen to even old wooden furniture with Pledge Aerosol Furniture Polish. Visit The Medical Maven for these products and more spring cleaning essentials.

Statement: Helping the elderly with spring cleaning is a great way to welcome the season.

Posted in: Elderly Care, Exercise