Senior Care in Chestnut Hill PA
Your mom has been living alone for quite some time. Maybe she’s in her 70s, 80s, or 90s and the last time you visited you were struck by how much clutter seemed to be built up throughout the house.
You worry about her safety now.
Your mother doesn’t get around as well as she used to. It takes her a little longer to get up from a seated position. She seems more unsteady on her feet. Late at night, when you’re struggling to go to sleep, you imagine her lying crumpled on the floor somewhere having tripped over a box, fallen down the stairs, or injured in some other mishap.
So, the next time you visited with her, you started paying attention to all of that clutter. You’ve convinced her it’s time to de-clutter and clean the house out for safety’s sake. Here are some tips, steps if you will, that can help you and your elderly mother create a safer environment for her house.
Step #1: Start slow.
You should start slow. Don’t try to clean out the entire house in one shot. Not only will your mother likely get tired quickly, she may feel overwhelmed and completely shut down. She may get agitated if you begin throwing too many things out she hasn’t had a chance to go through.
Many of the items your mother has, whether they are in boxes or on the shelves, have memories attached to them. Allow your mother the opportunity to go through these and decide whether or not they’re worth passing on to other family members or friends, donating, or selling. Whatever you do, just take your time.
Step #2: Go through those memories.
As we just mentioned, many of those items will hold memories for your mother. It’s a good idea to keep notes or record your mother sharing those memories as you go through these particular items. It can help you connect with her long into the future, after she’s gone.
Step #3: Get her involvement.
At first, you might assume you can do it faster, or she may get tired and you decide to keep going, but make sure she is always involved in this process. It will help her emotionally and help her reconnect with some of those memories she may have forgotten long ago.
Step #4: Have a plan.
Before you begin cleaning out the house, start with a plan. Should you start in the
bedroom? The attic? The basement? If you don’t have a plan, it might feel a bit overwhelming, especially when you begin jumping from room to room.
When you begin de-cluttering, you’ll also be improving safety for her at home.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Chestnut Hill, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.