Keeping seniors safe at home is often a top concern among family members. This may be for aging grandparents, parents, a spouse, siblings, or other loved ones. Whoever it is that may be getting older and having difficulty with their mobility, it’s absolutely essential to make sure the house is as safe as possible.
With spring in the air, garage sales, tag sales, and other ways people take advantage of getting rid of excess items they have in their house is a wonderful way to help improve safety for some seniors. There are numerous reasons why a spring garage sale is a great idea.
Reason #1: It helps declutter the house.
The older a person is, the more likely he or she has acquired many items. Many of those items, though, are unnecessary. They might even begin taking up too much space, being stuffed in boxes that are left along the hall, in spare bedrooms, and elsewhere.
If the elderly person has a tendency to be surrounded by a lot of unnecessary items, especially those that could pose tripping hazards or other risk factors, it’s a good idea to begin going through these items and selecting which ones can be sold or donated or given away to close family members or friends.
When the house is decluttered, the senior won’t have to worry as much every time they get out of bed, especially in the middle of the night if they have to get a drink or use the bathroom.
Reason #2: It helps them evaluate safety.
When going through all of these excess items in the house, the senior can determine their own safety. They may even rely on close family members and friends to help them determine whether their safety is compromised or not.
They might discover a loose step or the fact there’s no grab bars or shower seat that could support them. Whatever safety issue is noticed, it should be addressed as soon as possible.
Reason #3: It will lead to more activity.
The more active a person is, especially as they are advancing in years, the healthier they can be. When the senior is going to their house, boxing up items, figuring out what they can sell, and then helping to set up a garage sale, they are probably going to be quite active.
This activity can provide them a great deal of exercise that can be extremely beneficial to their overall health and well-being.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE FOR A SENIOR IN SLATINGTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.
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