Home cleaning might be a simple activity for some of us. However, this could be the opposite to our elderly family members and friends. Even daily upkeep might require tremendous effort on their part. That is why, as ‘ohana, it is our duty to help and share the spirit of aloha. If you are involved in your elderly family’s home’s upkeep, these four tips could save you time, effort and money.
1. Declutter the fridge.
This task can be quite overwhelming even for younger people. However, a simple decluttering could save your elderly family member the time and effort to look for their food and snacks inside the fridge. You can even try using organizing trays for soda, condiments and fruits.
2. Clean your microwave regularly.
The microwave could be the next best thing since television for our seniors. However, frequent use could lead to a mixed smell of all the foods we heat and eat. A simple kitchen hack to remove smells from your microwave is to heat a mixture of one tablespoon of lemon juice with a half-cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl for three minutes. Let it stand for a minute or two, and voila! Just wipe it clean with a paper towel and your microwave is as good as new!
3. Throw away expired medication.
This is very important, as seniors tend to take numerous medications over time. They might mix up old and expired medication with new ones. This is potentially dangerous if not overseen. The good thing is that most drugs can be placed in the household trash with proper handling. You can always call your pharmacist if you have questions about disposal for a particular drug.
4. Hire a caregiver or make it a family activity.
Sometimes, we don’t have the time to do everything for our elderly family and friends. That is why we should make it into a family activity so we get to regularly check on them and make them feel cared for. If your schedules are tight, hiring caregivers or a senior-friendly cleaning company may be a great your choice for your family.