Caregivers in Riverside, CT - These Common Items are Often Overlooked When Spring Cleaning
Spring may still be a few months away, but with the colder weather keeping us indoors most of the day, now’s a good time to start on spring cleaning. Seniors tend to hold onto things they no longer need, and some of these items are not so great for their health. Here are some things that caregivers should toss from their loved ones’ homes.
We tend to hold onto toothbrushes longer than recommended, but all this does is damage our health. Toothbrushes are like sponges, collecting germs. The American Dental Association recommends toothbrush replacement every three months.
Nonstick pans are a godsend to those who enjoy cooking, but hate having to clean up sticky messes afterwards. However, older pans contain harmful chemicals in the lining and should be replaced with newer, healthier ones. The government ordered manufacturers to discontinue use of harmful chemicals by 2015, so if your loved one is hanging onto pans from before 2006 or if you notice stretches in the pans, now’s a good time to throw them out and take a shopping trip to the housewares department of your local store.
Many people may prefer the consistency of margarine because it’s easier to spread than butter, but butter is a much healthier choice. Margarine contains trans fats, which can raise cholesterol - not a good thing for seniors suffering from heart problems. If you notice margarine in your loved one’s refrigerator, toss it and replace it with butter instead.
Many seniors enjoy the taste of their favorite soup, but they may not know that they’re consuming much more than noodles and broth. The cans that hold these soups contain high levels of BPA, which can cause obesity and diabetes. If you can’t get your loved one to cease his or her soup consumption altogether, at least try to encourage him or her to cut back, or purchase soups in cartons.
Yes, all women have them – those bras that are decades old and too stretched out to be useful anymore. When the breasts are not fully supported in a well-fitting bra, they can cause pain to the shoulders and back. So if your mother is complaining of pain in these areas, her bras may be the culprits. Toss them and go shopping for better-fitting replacements. Your loved one will reap the benefits of less sagging and better posture.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Riverside, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.