As your elderly loved one continues to need more help around the house, one way you can help them out is to downsize household items. From mobility issues to declining strength, it can be a challenge for many elderly individuals to deal with large-size household products. And, if your loved one lives alone, they may not need bulk-size products anyway. This article will discuss areas and items where you can downsize to help your loved one with their everyday needs.
Downsize by Buying Smaller
From gallon-size milk jugs to hefty laundry detergent containers, it can be hard for elderly individuals to lift these objects. Switching to smaller sizes of household products might cost a bit more, but it can be a lot easier for your loved one to handle them properly. Generally, heavy or awkwardly-sized bulk items can be unwieldy to an elderly individual. Moreover, smaller sizes of food items mean that they are less likely to go to waste. Especially if your loved one lives alone, it might take them a while to use a whole gallon of milk. Buying milk in quarts or half-gallons may help prevent food waste.
Downsize with Reusable Containers
If you want to downsize non-perishable items like cleaning products or dry foods without losing out on bulk prices, consider using reusable containers. These containers and bottles should be clearly labeled to limit the risk of using the wrong items. The labels should be easy to read and use a fairly large font so that your loved one can easily distinguish the products.
Senior Care and Downsizing Items
Just because your loved one is receiving care, doesn’t mean they can’t still maintain some level of independence. Downsizing their household items is a good way to help them feel comfortable doing some of the tasks they used to do. This helps reduce feelings of dependency. Overall, this can help them adjust more easily to lifestyle changes associated with in-home care.
Although eliminating unwanted or unneeded items can be a difficult task and a hard subject to introduce, the safety of your loved one can depend on it. Getting rid of tripping hazards and de-cluttering can happen a little at a time. Donate, sell or toss items no longer needed.
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