Providers of 24 hour in home care should take steps to make their clients' homes as safe as possible. Seniors become more likely to fall with every decade they grow older, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means their home environment should be completely safe. Having a cluttered living space is one of the main hazards for falling, so reducing clutter is a good first step to take. Here's how at-home senior care providers can declutter their clients' homes:
- Get help from the clients' families, and go through their belongings together. Get rid of anything that doesn't hold practical or true sentimental value. Donate or sell items if you can, and see if the seniors are OK with giving any heirloom items to their family members.
- All papers, newspapers and magazines should be in a container or recycled.
- Remove excess blankets and throw pillows that could easily fall on the floor. Place them in a basket in the corner to keep them handy.
- Go through the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom to remove everything from the floors and countertops. These are typically the most cluttered rooms in the house, and are also often small and difficult to maneuver in. Put items in cabinets, baskets or other containers.