Spring is a great time to help older adults get organized for their own safety and well-being. As a matter of fact, June is Home Safety Month, a good reminder that too much clutter can lead to safety hazards in the homes of older adults. Professional CAREGivers from the Home Instead Senior Care® network know all too well the dangers that clutter can pose for seniors. They also know how to help clean it up.
Omaha, NE (Vocus) May 20, 2010 -- Seniors hang on to their possessions for a variety of reasons from sentimental attachment to health issues that stand in the way of home upkeep and even safety. CAREGiversSM from the Home Instead Senior Care network have witnessed why seniors don’t want to give up their stuff, and they’ve offered solutions for what to do about it.
The advice is timed appropriately both for spring cleaning and Home Safety Month in June, sponsored by the Home Safety Council; an observance that focuses on how to help keep homeowners safe in their homes.
CAREGiver Betty Collins remembers the half a dozen strips of yarn she found on her client’s rug. When she bent down to pick up and discard the yarn, her client stopped her with a resounding “no, no, no.” “She told me that her daughter, who has since died, played with the yarn when she was little,” Collins said. “She had to see that every day.
“In addition, older adults are often set in their ways and everything to them becomes important,” Collins said. “Junk to us is their life. That builds up, and some seniors just don’t know what to do with it. A lot of older adults walk with a walker and live by themselves. They just set things aside and then become overwhelmed.&
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