If it’s been a while since your elderly family member’s home had a deep, major cleaning, you might be gearing up for that fairly soon. There are some tips you can follow that can make the entire process easier on both you and your senior. This doesn’t have to be difficult or something that causes a huge fight, either.
Always Watch for Safety Issues
Safety is the biggest concern when you’re helping your aging family member with anything around the house. Check to make sure that any repairs that need to be done are on your list. If you can tackle those repairs now, that’s even better. Any repairs or safety concerns that can’t be handled right in that moment need to be planned for so that you don’t forget them.
Remove as Much Clutter as You Can
Clutter is probably the biggest safety concern to watch out for in your senior’s home. It’s also one of the biggest issues in making sure that her home is clean and tidy. You and your senior might have to negotiate how much clutter can stick around and what you’re going to do with the rest of it. There are limits to what is likely to make sense for her home.
Don’t Make Yourself Do Double Work
When it gets to the actual cleaning part of the event, you’re going to want to make sure you work smarter and not harder. Start in one corner and work from the top to the bottom. Then gradually move to the next spot, either to the right or the left, and do the same thing. This helps to ensure that you’re not cleaning the same areas more than once.
Don’t Shut Your Senior out of the Process
It’s tempting to just rush through this cleaning session. Few people truly enjoy deep cleaning and you and your senior might not see eye to eye on all of this. But if you shut her out of this process, that’s just going to make the situation worse. Keep her involved, because this is her home you’re helping to clean. If a decision needs to be made for her health and safety, you may have to use your veto powers.
As your senior’s caregiver, you might be dreading this kind of activity. But it can help you to make her home safer and more enjoyable for her in the long run.