Family Caregivers: Start Spring Cleaning Now and Throw Out These Items


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Family Caregivers: Start Spring Cleaning Now and Throw Out These Items

Caregivers in Riverside, CT - These Common Items are Often Overlooked When Spring Cleaning

Caregivers in Riverside, CTSpring 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

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.

Canned Soup

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.

Old Bras

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.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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