The new year is a fresh opportunity for a new start, and as a family caregiver, this is the ideal opportunity for you to evaluate your senior's life and find ways to simplify and streamline it. Decluttering their home to start the new year on a fresh note is a fantastic way it to open up their living environment, make it more comfortable, healthier, and more welcoming, and also to reduce stress for both of you. Having too much clutter in the home environment causes anxiety, and removing this clutter can help to foster a greater sense of calm and peace throughout the space.
Use these tips to declutter your seniors home and start the new year on a fresh note:
- Start by removing the obvious trash and items that are definitely no longer needed in the home. This should include objects that are broken, damaged, outdated to come or have not been used for a long time but are not beneficial to others as well. Removing these items first starts to create a sense of something being done, which offers the feeling of accomplishment and greater motivation to keep going
- Encourage your senior to spend 10 minutes every day or every few days going through the home and finding items that they no longer use or that are no longer beneficial to them but that are still in good, usable condition. They should be put aside to be donated to those in need
- Consider encouraging your senior to give items they intend to leave to friends and family to those recipients now. Not only will this remove those items from their home, greatly reducing clutter, but it also gives them the chance to enjoy the reaction of their recipients and see them enjoy these items while they are still living
- Go through their mail with them and find all the bills that offer paperless options. If your senior regularly uses the internet, have them sign up for paperless billing so they received their bill in their email rather than as a paper version in their mailbox. This is also a great time to transition into you managing their bills for them by having it the paperless bill directed to you
Reaching out for help is one of the best things you can do as a family caregiver to ensure your parent has all the care they need, when they need it. Making senior care a part of your care routine enables your parent to enjoy the benefits of a diversified approach to care that includes completely personalized services by a professional care provider. These services can include transportation, meal preparation, medication reminders, companionship, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Greenwood Village, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Denver. Call today: (303) 756-9322.