I have worked with seniors for some years now. From my experience, organizing seniors is a little different. They are more likely to be the ones that want to downsize and get rid of their stuff. They are also more likely to have health issues, like bending, knee problems, walking up steps, etc... Here are ten helpful organizing tips for organizing an older adult's home. Feel free to click on the images that say "from Amazon" to check out the price and buy if you want. I also included a medication list checklist to print out. I hope you enjoy and share this post.
1st Organizing Tip: Raise stored items to waist height. Store items no lower than the upper thigh.
2nd Organizing Tip: Clear clutter from steps and add lights to dark areas like near stairways. Here is one example from Amazon.com.
3rd Organizing Tip: Hang baskets on walls near stairs, so they have a place to hold items to remember to bring it up the steps. Here is a great hanging basket from Amazon that you can hang at the bottom and the top of the stairs:
4th Organizing Tip: Have a larger kitchen, buy a small, sturdy rolling cart to help move stuff around without carrying it. Here is one from Amazon.com I liked because the middle basket has sides.
5th Organizing Tip: Take as much as possible off the floors and stairs. Add another railing for extra support if there is only one railing.
6th Organizing Tip: Have all important documents, like passports, life insurance, will, power of attorney, S.S. cards, account statement, in one secure and locked area in the home. Here is an example of one type of important document case I found on Amazon.
7th Organizing Tip: Keep a recent copy of the medication list posted on the kitchen refrigerator. Here is an image you can print and share.
8th Organizing Tip: Keep valuables in one place and under lock and key. This way if you have caregivers coming in and out, you can rest assured that their valuables protected. Here is one from Amazon that mounts to the wall.
9th Organizing Tip: Keep all the bills in one place. It an accordion folder that can stand with enough tabs that you can write large words on it. One 13 tab accordion folder works for any single older adult. Here is an accordion folder from Amazon that stands.
10th Organizing Tip: Get helping hands. Don't expect to do it yourself. It's OK to ask your family to help you remove the clutter. If they want the best for you, they will be happy to help.
Additional General Tips for organizing an older adult's home:
- Starting off slow is important. Stuff could be around for 30, 40, 50 years.
- Label every bin to help remind the senior what goes in the bin.
Getting the older adult's home organized will help everyone, not just the senior living in the house. If family members know where things are, it will help a great deal. What is your best time for organizing a senior's home? Please leave a comment below.
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