Tackling spring cleaning can feel like a real chore, but a tidy living space can improve your loved one’s well being. In addition to the health benefits, like ridding their home of germs, having a clean environment is shown to help reduce stress!
It can be challenging to assist your loved one who is suffering memory challenges with their spring cleaning journey. They may experience negative emotions if their belongings are displaced, putting a damper on their enjoyment of the space when the spring cleaning is complete. To help your loved one through spring cleaning without triggering any fear or stress, keep reading for some helpful tips from Park View Estates, one of the best memory care communities in California.
With so many cleaning tasks to check off, it can be easy to overlook or miss a spot when cleaning. To avoid this, create a checklist based on your loved one’s home to ensure you hit all the bases. Here are some examples of tasks by room that may be applicable to your loved one’s home:
You’ll want to make sure you have all the appropriate cleaning supplies to get started. First, take a look at what you or your loved one already have on hand that you can use, and determine what additional supplies are needed based on your checklist. Some cleaning products we recommend are all-purpose cleaner, microfiber towels, dishwashing detergent, baking soda, a microfiber mop, and soap. Be sure to look for non-toxic cleaners to promote your loved one’s health!
Those who struggle with memory challenges thrive on familiarity; any disruptions in their living space may cause stressful emotions. This can make decluttering hard. It’s best to avoid ridding their home of any belongings without their consent. If there are items that need to be put away, consider creating a photo book with belongings that are tucked away into drawers or cabinets to make it easy for your loved one to identify where they are, and know that they are not missing.
We recommend tackling one room at a time, as it will likely help your loved one feel more at ease and relaxed, in addition to preventing frustration. It will give them the opportunity to process the changes being made and to understand why they’re happening. So, when you’re ready to start helping your loved one tackle spring cleaning, be sure to focus on one room before moving to the next.
Our final tip is to always work from top to bottom when cleaning your home. Begin with the ceiling and work your way down to the floor to avoid dirtying up anything you’ve already cleaned.
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