Spring is the best time to spruce up your apartment and get rid of unused objects that have been accumulating dust. There’s no better time to reorganize and remodel your living space. Here are some spring cleaning tips aged adults might find useful.
Declutter and Discard
When you have too much “stuff,” you are more prone to accidents. Rid your living space of dangerous risks by removing things that are obstructive and unnecessary, furniture included, from your walking path and storing them safely. Maintaining a clear walkway in each area of the apartment should be of utmost priority. Also, tape carpet edges, toss rugs on the floor or discard them entirely. Appliances you rarely use should be taken off the counter, cupboards arranged, and the refrigerator and pantry cleared out of stale food items.
You should check if medicines are labeled and kept in their original containers. There should also not be a combination of old and new prescription drugs. These seemingly innocuous household habits can be hazardous to one’s health. Although some drugs retain their efficacy after their expiration dates, many do not and should be thrown away. Old liquid antibiotics, medicines made of organic components, and those that require refrigeration should be properly disposed of. Keep medicines in a cold, dark, and dry area; the bathroom does not fall into this category. An airtight plastic container on a shelf in your closet is a better option.
In Case of an Emergency
Do you have essential numbers on speed dial in case of an emergency like a fall, an accident in the kitchen, or an attempted burglary? Know who to contact at urgent times and have your phone set up for it. Make sure you understand how the emergency response call system works if you live in an assisted living community. Look out for others and know who to turn to for assistance, just like you would if you were living in a neighborhood.
Ask for Help When Needed
Household chores may be a huge undertaking for aged adults who have limited strength or mobility. Never try to move or carry large, heavy objects or furniture on your own. To clean hard-to-reach areas or change light bulbs, do not stand on a chair or ladder. Use cordless cleaning tools and lightweight, easy-to-use equipment. Here at Blue Ridge, residents can leave housekeeping, maintenance, and daily chores to our committed and professional housekeeping team. We also provide assistance with medication management for residents who require it. If immediate assistance is required, each apartment is equipped with an emergency call response system that can be activated 24/7 seven days a week.
Enjoy Your Golden Years at Blue Ridge
The health and safety of our residents are at the forefront of what we do at Blue Ridge. If you are keen to find out more, our professional team at Blue Ridge is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our living options, amenities, exclusive programs, and many more.