January is National Get Organized Month and the start of a new year is the perfect time for seniors that are aging in place to get their homes organized. Keeping their homes organized will help seniors keep track of things like their bills and important papers. And it will also help them reduce their risk of falling at home to reduce the clutter in the house. It can be tough for seniors that have been living in the same house for decades to downsize and organize but these four things can help:
Senior Home Care
Senior home care is one of the best ways for seniors aging in place to continue to live safely at home. Senior home care includes basic housekeeping as well as things like cooking meals. That means that seniors will have help with vacuuming, picking up magazines and mail, and keeping clutter off the floor so that the house is safe for seniors to move around. Senior home care is something that can help seniors now and as they get older so that they can stay safely in the home they love.
Use Dressers For Storage
One of the reasons why storage bins aren’t actually great for seniors who want to organize their possessions and papers is that they can be very difficult for seniors to open. Using dressers with senior friendly easy drawer pulls is a better way to store important items because they are protected, easily accessible, and yet they won’t clutter up a space. Your senior parent may even have a bunch of old dressers that aren’t being used. A coat of paint, new drawer pulls that are designed for seniors, and those dressers can be fantastic storage.
Put Important Things In Binders
One of the biggest sources of clutter around the house is paperwork. Seniors need to keep all their important papers like birth certificates close at hand along with insurance paperwork, prescription information, tax information, and more. The easiest way to organize a lot of papers is to get binders and plastic sleeve protectors. Use a labeling system for the binders and put all the documents into protective sleeves that can be safely and security put into three ring binders. Keep financial paperwork in one, insurance information in another, prescriptions and medical records in another, and use as many as necessary. That way those papers are always easy to find and grab.
Make Copies Of Important Documents
Seniors should also have notarized copies of important documents like birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other important pieces of paperwork. Get notarized copies and then keep a second set of those documents at your home for your senior parent or put them in a safe deposit box. Just make sure that those documents are safely stored somewhere outside the house so that if there is a fire or disaster your senior parent will have notarized copies of all their important documents that they can get to easily.
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