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How Should Family Caregivers Tackle Spring Cleaning?

Spring is a time for a fresh start, giving you the chance to get your elderly loved one’s home in order and prepare for the warmer weather. Here are a few tips to help with spring cleaning, brought to you by the staff at Las Vegas Home Care Assistance

Choose a Warm Day

Nice weather can act as a motivator to get things done. If your loved one is ill and not able to go outside, it is also a good reason to open the windows, get some fresh air, and bring in the feel of the outdoors. When washing household items like curtains, bedding, and rugs, you can hang them outside in the sun for drying and get your loved one to help if he or she is mobile enough to do so.

Get Rid of Clutter

Use this time to get rid of anything your loved one doesn’t truly want or need. Clutter can be a safety hazard for seniors, especially those with limited mobility. If your loved one resists removing clutter, allow him or her to help you choose a place to donate some of the items. Local animal shelters, women’s and children’s shelters, and thrift stores will be happy to take many of the things your loved one no longer needs.

Clean Thoroughly

Start by cleaning the ceiling and then move down toward the floor. Clean windows inside and out and be sure to dust from top to bottom. If your loved one has carpet in the home, you can rent a steam cleaner, which helps increase the overall air quality in the home. Hiring a Las Vegas hourly caregiver to come in and take care of some of these cleaning tasks can take the burden away from you and give you more time to focus on your loved one’s care.

Freshen Everything Up

Remove curtains, rugs, and all bedding for a thorough wash. This is the time to replace heavier bedding and winter sheets with lighter ones so your loved one can stay comfortable in the warmer months. Cleaning all the fabrics in the home also helps remove dust and allergens that can upset seniors who are prone to sickness, especially those who have respiratory complications.

Spring cleaning can be a great way for you and your loved one to bond together, and it can also make his or her home a safer and healthier place to live. If you’re looking for a way to help your loved one maintain a good level of cleanliness, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to light housekeeping, our caregivers can help your loved one with many other tasks around the house, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Las Vegas. To learn more about how we can help make your loved one’s life happier and healthier, call (702) 550-3185 today.