Spring Cleaning with Seniors

Spring brings beautiful weather, outdoor activities, and longer days. It also reminds us of those cleaning projects we put off all winter. For seniors that live alone, it may not be such an easy task. Here are some projects you could help your loved one and spend time with them.


  1. Medicine Cabinet

Cabinets are typically neglected because they may not be used all the time. That means that the medicine may be expired without them realizing it! Properly dispose of any expired or empty pills and make note of any upcoming refills.

  1. Refrigerator

You use it daily so it’s a location for long-term build-up. Empty it and deep clean the nooks and crannies as well as throw out expired foods. This is important for anyone with dementia to prevent accidental ingestion of spoiled food.

  1. Floors

Although cleaning floors may be done frequently, a thorough deep clean once in a while is a great idea. In the winter people and animals bring in lots of salt and debris, causing dirt to build up in places you don’t always think about. Be sure to move your loved one’s furniture and vacuum underneath.

  1. Windows

Cleaning the windows can make a huge difference! Spring is a great time to do it because it’s warm and you can get rid of all the winter gunk that has built up on your windows.

  1. Clutter

You probably don’t notice the many things that you accumulate with the hope of someday using them. Go through mail, documents, and junk drawers. Also, look for hazards like rugs that bunch up easily or slide around. Try to reduce overall floor clutter with baskets or shelves for things like pet toys or living room accessories.

Remember when downsizing clutter, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in a year and it doesn’t bring joy, get rid of it!


If you are considering a nursing home or assisted living for a loved one in northern NJ, The Little Nursing Home of Montclair offers a cozy and calm atmosphere with the comforts of home. We are family-owned for over 60 years and run by experienced registered nurses. Call or email us for more info or to schedule a tour.

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