It’s spring time again, and it is time for all of us to get our house in order. Caring for a home is a lot of work and takes time and effort to keep it clean and safe. This can become overwhelming and quite a bit to manage for our elderly loved ones. This article talks about spring health tips for seniors.
Spring is a great time to take stock of what is going on around the home. From swapping winter clothing to a summer wardrobe, to cleaning the clutter inside and outside of the house. It’s time to put on those tennis shoes and get moving!
Spring Health Tips for Seniors – Getting the House Ready
Although our homes are not as grimy as they used to be from old-style heating equipment, there are still many things to do to get ready for spring and summer.
Make a checklist:
It is a good idea for you and your senior loved one to write down everything that you would like to accomplish for spring cleaning the house. Make a schedule that will be easy to manage. Along with cleaning, there are also safety checks that need to be performed. Items will include the following:
- Windows inside and out
- Medicine cabinet – clean and throw out expired medication
- Refrigerator – cleaning underneath and cleaning the filters/coils
- Kitchen cupboards – clean and organize
- Fire extinguishers
- Bathrooms – make sure grab rails, and all safety equipment is in good shape
- Dryer lint and exhaust
- First aid kits
- Window treatments
- Wall hangings
- Doors and hardware
- Air intakes/filters and ducts
- Check all smoke and fire alarms
- Inspect and clean all rain gutters – repair if needed
- Have roof inspected
- Have siding and decks power-washed and check for deck safety
- Clear all walk-ways of debris
- Patio furniture
- Have all trees and shrubs trimmed
- Have sprinkler system checked
- Repair any caulking
- Repair driveway cracks
- Have lawnmower checked
- Inspect all exterior lighting
Spring Health Tips for Seniors – Body, Mind, and Soul
During the winter time when it’s cold outside it is easy to become lethargic, wrap up in a blanket and be a couch potato.
There are things that your elderly loved one can do to stay safe and healthy moving into spring and summer:
- Going to the mall and walking – a great way to get a climate controlled walk
- Taking the stairs if physically possible
- Sign up for classes at the local recreation or senior center
- Find local dance classes
- Workout videos
- Swimming is a great way to exercise for all ages
- Get good shoes with rubber soles
- Wear sunscreen
- Stay hydrated
- Work physical activity into a daily routine
Maintaining a healthy diet is important as we age. As we grow older, we need fewer calories. There should be an emphasis on eating whole grains and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. There should also be a focus on portion control so that overeating is avoided. A good way to ensure that our senior loved ones are eating healthy every day is meal prep.
Seniors should include dairy in every meal. Skimmed milk, low-fat yogurt and cheese are excellent choices and provide vitamin D to protect bones.
Drinks should include plenty of water and seniors should avoid sugary drinks like soda and sweetened coffee.
Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah in St. George and their qualified, skilled and compassionate caregivers can provide your elderly loved one with warm companionship care. We can also provide meal prep, light housekeeping and more to keep your loved one safe and healthy in their own home. Visit our website www.goldenheartsouthernutah.com or call (435) 669-3704. You’re in Good Hands with Golden Heart!
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