5 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips for Seniors

Spring cleaningIt’s been a long, tough winter here at Bath Planet North Bay.

But now that the first day of spring is almost here (Tuesday, March 20, in case you’re wondering), it’s time to spruce up and organize the house.

In other words, it’s time for spring cleaning.

Now, spring cleaning can be a vigorous, physical, and time-consuming (spanning several days) activity. So you’ll want to make sure you pace yourself accordingly.

However, if you’re a senior citizen or someone with mobility issues requiring accessibility products, you’ll want to take extra precaution when working around the house.

With that in mind, here are some easy-to-follow spring cleaning safety tips for seniors.

Go through your medicine cabinet

While some expired drugs may still be potent after their expiry date, others may not be as effective.

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Your best bet is to check your medicine cabinet and look for things like:

  • Old prescriptions mixed in with newer ones
  • Drugs containing organic ingredients
  • Outdated liquid antibiotics
  • Items requiring refrigeration which have ended up inside a warm medicine cabinet

Anything that’s no longer needed or expired should be disposed of properly (that means bringing them to your pharmacy and not pour anything down the bathtub drain).

Remove clutter and other trip/fall hazards

Slips and falls are the number one sources of injuries among people 65 years of age or older.

Over the winter months, you may have accumulated things throughout the house like:

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  • Boxes (such as leftover gift boxes from Christmas)
  • Extra shoes or boots
  • Small floor mats, rugs, carpets

During spring cleaning, you’ll want to get these items out of the way.

When you do, make sure you keep the following in mind:

  • Keep rugs in place using flooring tape. Otherwise, the corners could bunch up and you may stumble on them (especially dangerous in the bathroom).
  • Remember to have clear walking paths throughout your home. And if you require step-through mobility aids, those walking paths should be wider than normal.
  • Anything that’s not used often (small kitchen appliances, showering accessories, etc.) should be taken off countertops and put away safely.

Ask for help

Cleaning your house, top-to-bottom, can be overwhelming.

From the garage to the kitchen to the bedroom to the shower doors, there’s a lot to do.

If you’re having trouble tackling some of the chores yourself, reach out to friends or family to help you out.

Here’s why:

  • You won’t risk injuring yourself lifting, moving, or cleaning something that’s a bit tough to handle or hard to reach
  • The cleaning will be done much faster (and more efficient too)
  • You won’t be alone; and you’ll have a great opportunity to connect and catch-up as you organize your home

Take stock of the current living conditions

Going through your home is a good time to examine its safety.

For example:

Are you finding it harder and harder to step into your bathtub?

  • In that case, it may be time to install a walk-in tub.

Are your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in proper working condition?

  • Test them to find out and replace the batteries if necessary.

Notice loose extension cords here-and-there?

  • Eliminate those trip and fire hazards by investing in a cord organizer.

See any loose doors or hinges?

  • Get them tightened up before the accidentally get pulled off the door frame.

Over time, little messes or issues can turn into big problems.

That’s why spring cleaning is the perfect time to take stock of the overall safety of your home living environment.

Make three piles

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As mentioned earlier in this blog, you’ll want to declutter your home this spring.

When you do, you’ll come across a variety of items which you won’t know what do with.

But with these three piles in place, you’ll know exactly where to put everything:

  • Keep: Pretty self-explanatory. Anything you don’t want to part with should go here.
  • Sell/Donate: Here are things you don’t want, but you think other people will enjoy or get good use from.
  • Toss: You don’t want it, nor does anyone else.

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Are you thinking of transforming your bathroom now that spring is here?

If so, Bath Planet of North Bay would like to help.

From our large selection of products to our hassle-free process, you’re certain to get what you want at a cost that’s right for you.

Here’s how you can learn more:

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