The holidays are a time of joy, excitement, and togetherness with friends and family. They are also a time of giving and receiving gifts, which means that your aging parent will likely end up with a variety of new belongings in their home after the holiday season comes to an end. This makes this time of year the perfect opportunity to downsize your parent’s belongings and streamline their possessions for a more organized new year.
Use these tips to downsize with your senior after the holidays:
-Out with the old. Keep track of what your parent receives after the holidays and compare with the belongings that they already have. Have your parent evaluate these items and determine which they should keep. For example, if they have multiple pieces of jewelry that are similar, two or more of the same type of shoe or slipper, or a new kitchen gadget that takes the place of one or more items that they already have, determine which your parent likes more and donate or dispose of the other.
-Trim the trimmings. As you are putting your parent’s Christmas decorations away, look for ways to reduce the amount that they have. If your parent struggled to put up a large Christmas tree or didn’t put up all the lights this year, consider packing them up and donating them or distributing them to other members of the family.
-Make more room. Before putting your parent’s Christmas decorations away, take some time to go through their garage, attic, or other storage space. With the more room available now that the Christmas decorations aren’t there, you can more easily go through these items and downsize the number of possessions as needed
How can senior care help?
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging loved one during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have continued access to the care, assistance, support, and companionship that they need to manage their individual needs.
Not only will this highly personalized care help your parent to address their challenges and limitations in a way that is right for them, but will also encourage your parent to live the lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver, this will give you peace of mind knowing that your parent is getting everything that they need to live their highest quality of life both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Loveland, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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