For many people, having a tidy house that is well kept is a matter of preference. However, because of the risk of falls and other dangers, a clean house for your senior loved one who lives independently at home is very important.
Your senior loved one’s safety is a number one concern for you as a Family Caregiver. One of the best ways you can ensure their safety in their home is to eliminate the risk injury that can be prevented by keeping their home clean and free of clutter.
Falls and trips are among the leading causes of physical injury for seniors. For those living at home, that risk is increased because their homes can become cluttered and they are not able to clean them. This becomes an even more serious problem with seniors living at home because there is a chance there is no one in the home to help them.
The first answer in addressing a cluttered household is to help your loved one keep the house clean and organized. Throw away items that are not being used, limit unneeded furniture, keep hallways and paths clear and organize items around the house so that your loved ones know where things are located.
There is a chance that your loved one’s home is clutter because they insist on holding onto to sentimental items. In extreme situations, this is referred to as hoarding. Hoarding occurs in many senior’s homes because many items are associated with happy memories, which makes it difficult for them to get rid of unnecessary items. If you notice that your loved one insists on keeping items and clutter is building up, there are ways to help them become less dependent on keeping those items.
First, ensure that your loved one is getting enough social interaction. Hoarding tends to occur when individuals feel lonely or isolated. They try to fill emotional voids with sentimental objects. You can help eliminate their feelings of loneliness by spending quality time with them and sharing memories. Having someone to talk will help your loved one realize keeping items is not the only way to remember happy memories.
Secondly, it is important that your loved one has daily visits or assistance. Arrange for a friend or family member take charge of tasks that could lead to increased clutter and visit your loved one frequently to prevent hoarding, such as sorting the mail, putting away new groceries and throwing out expired food.
Your senior loved one’s safety at home is a top priority and the professionals at Freudenthal Home Health are available to assist you in providing that safety. Whether we are assisting in therapy, medication management or housekeeping, we can be your partner in caregiving. Contact us today to learn more.