It can be difficult for seniors to stay safe, comfortable and independent in their own homes as they progress through the aging process. Fortunately, there are ways you can make life easier at home for the senior in your life!

When helping your loved one remain in his or her home, you’ll want to take things into consideration like personal care, household chores, meals, money management and health care.

Hacks That Make Life Easier for Seniors

There are many hacks that can help make everyday life easier for seniors.

Here are some tips that are worth trying out for your loved one:

  1. Keep soap from falling to the shower floor with pantyhose. You can take an old pair of pantyhose and cut one leg off. Place the bar of soap in the foot area and then tie the top end to the shower head or a grab bar. This way, the soap is always in reach of your loved one and there won’t be the risk of it falling on the floor and making things slippery and dangerous.
  2. Rubber bands can make cups easier to grip. Wrapping some rubber bands around cups and mugs can make them easier for weak, shaky or arthritic hands to hold. Not only can this work for cups, but it also could be used on items like a toothbrush or pens.
  3. Organize medications. Keeping track of medications can be difficult for anyone, but especially a senior who is on numerous ones. Most seniors do best with a calendar or printed spreadsheet that helps log and visually tracks when their medicines are to be taken. Pill organizers are an excellent thing to have, and you can also make larger-print labels to stick on the bottles.
  4. Round out corners on furniture. Look through your loved one’s home and find sharp furniture corners, such as those on counters, coffee tables or nightstands. You can then round out or soften those corners by adding stick-on corner guards or moldable putty that dries into rubber.

You’ll want to remember to do things like check on your loved one’s mail to be sure bills are being paid on time and that he or she isn’t being scammed by anyone, check the fridge for healthy and up to date food and drink options, and help keep the home organized and stocked in general.

There are many ways you can help make life easier at home for your aging loved one, with in-home care services being an ideal option. Executive Care of Avon Lake is here to help ensure your loved one remains comfortable and independent in his or her own home.

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to get those spring-cleaning tasks started!

There are plenty of ways seniors can participate in the spring-cleaning process, and we’ve included some helpful tips in this blog.

Tips to Get Started

One goal of spring-cleaning should be going through and getting rid of clutter in the home. Organizing the clutter will not only help the home look better, but is beneficial for safety, as items that are scattered about could pose a tripping hazard.

Are there piles of stuff throughout the house? It doesn’t matter if those piles are organized, there’s no time like the present to sort through them and decide what you still need and what can go.

Remember, if it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s likely that the item can be thrown out, donated or sold. This includes things like clothes, decorations, bedding and home décor.

The medicine cabinet is another part of the home that could benefit from a bit of spring-cleaning. There are many drug take-back days put on through various government agencies, including local, and also many online resources that can help you know how to properly dispose of medications.

If getting to a drug take-back day is difficult, your loved one can crush and pour pills/capsules into a sealable bag. That bag can then be filled with unappetizing materials like kitty litter, coffee grounds or dirt. You can also remove the identifiable information on the bottles/packaging to help keep medical information private.

Another idea is organizing important documents. This is a task that can be a family job, as it could include important financial, health and other legal documents.

Knowing how to quickly find and access your loved one’s info, such as a durable power of attorney or advanced healthcare directive, is vital and something that can help reduce stress and streamline the process in many scenarios.

Any senior who is starting the spring-cleaning process should know and recognize his or her limits. Some of the tasks may be difficult to pull off alone or could pose a risk of injury. There’s no shame in asking for help from family or utilizing in-home services.

Executive Care of Avon Lake can provide assistance through a variety of in-home care services, including those that help your loved one with tasks around the house. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the services we offer!

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