Top Reasons Why the Elderly Should Declutter Today

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Why Should Seniors Reduce Clutter in Their Homes?

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on July 4, 2016

Many seniors live in homes filled with a lifetime’s worth of memories. In some instances, these items just take up space and have no use in the senior’s life. If this sounds like your elderly loved one’s home, it might be time for him or her to get rid of the clutter. Doing so can preserve your loved one’s health in many ways. Scottsdale elder care experts discuss a few of these advantages.

Breathe Easier

Items that aren’t used much are often festering with allergens such as pollens and dust mites. Getting rid of clutter and its related contaminants can lead to better air quality in your loved one’s home. Even if your loved one doesn’t have asthma or severe allergies, a clutter-free home can help him or her breathe easier. 

Reduce Stress

A senior who lives in a cluttered home may feel overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious, but removing the clutter may help him or her feel more at peace. A study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families determined clutter makes anxiety, depression, and stress worse. 

Prevent Accidents

A cluttered home can be an accident waiting to happen. Removing the excess clutter and rearranging the remaining items so they’re easily accessible can help keep your loved one from struggling to reach for an item or tripping, which could lead to broken bones or other injuries. If your loved one has a physical disability, a neat home can help him or her move through it more easily.

Get Some Exercise

A senior who begins decluttering his or her home with the help of a family member or Scottsdale caregiver can get a great overall workout. Your loved one can make it a goal to get his or her home and body into better shape by organizing one room at a time within a specific timeframe. Lifting and cleaning makes the arms and legs stronger and gets the heart pumping. When your loved one’s home is finally clutter-free, he or she may also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that enhances his or her emotional health.

If your loved one is resistant to the idea of cutting down on clutter, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers can provide the emotional support your loved one needs to stay focused on leading a happy and healthy life. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, stroke, and Parkinson’s home care Scottsdale seniors can count on. For more information on our at-home care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 480.448.6215 to schedule a complimentary consultation.