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     Seniors - Their Safety and Convenience


Seniors are a treasure and it’s up to us to help them out as much as possible. Involve the kids and grandkids! Why spend limited resources? The dollar store is a great resource for inexpensive items such as an extra daily pill sorter, foam jar openers, storage box to keep all pill bottles in one place, foam shelf liner for safety (less risk for breakage if a jar slips), puzzle books (crossword, word search, etc.) to keep mentally sharp, storage containers to keep the many small items we use together and easily found, and many more items that are useful…..wander around the store and use your imagination!
Safety in the tub and shower

Put several rubber bands around bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash for easier handling when the bottles are slippery. They make a slippery bottle easier to hold and less likely to slip out of your hand. This works in the kitchen as well – for dish soap, liquid shortening, all those bottles that can get slippery! Attach hand-holds at appropriate spots to make it easier for a senior to grip getting in and out of a tub or shower. These can be used in any area to make it easier for a senior to move. If using a rubber mat in the tub, make sure the tub is completely dry when putting the mat down. Step on it a few times to make sure it’s firmly in place
De-cluttering and a Yard Sale

Not only does de-cluttering make sense from a safety standpoint (less to trip over!), but it can be a good source of income if you have a yard sale. It can be upsetting for an elderly person to think about going through everything they own and perhaps throwing it away. If there is enough “stuff” to have a yard sale, involve the grandkids! It might be less disturbing if the senior can “help” the youngsters out in sorting things (at the same time such an activity can lead to some good stories for the senior to share about where they got something, what was going on at that time). Put everything to sell in one spot if possible. It takes some time to get ready for a yard sale so if you can clear out a garage and set tables up, you can price things and set on the tables.
That Morning

The morning of the sale, have some strong people just move the tables into the driveway! Make sure there’s a clear path around the ones you keep in the garage since there’s likely to be bottlenecks at times. You’ll need several people the morning of the sale……to sell, to keep an eye on customers (it’s amazing what people try to get away with….even with a 10¢ item!), to take money, to reorganize the stock, refresh the tables, etc. Find a shady spot for your senior to sit (although they might not be comfortable seeing people go through their things so it’s best to keep an eye out to make sure the senior doesn’t get stressed).
End Of Day

At the end of the day, take stock of what didn’t sell and see if it should be donated to a charity. Many charities will come get the items that didn’t sell and some will even allow you to call and tell them when you’ll be through and they’ll be there with their truck! Make sure to keep anything that you or your senior has decided not to part with. Count the money and savor the joy of a job well done!
The Next Day

The next day you can marvel at how much space you’ve freed up in the house! It’s a tough job, but a rewarding one. You’ve made the house safer by removing tripping hazards, found things you didn’t remember you had, found things you had multiples of so some could be discarded (maybe a family member could use the items), and maybe found some family treasures. You have a better idea of where things are now and probably have taken the time to organize them a little better for easier access. You’ve freed up some space and you can enjoy how nice it is to not see so much clutter everywhere.

 

I'm Bobbie Schuman, I have been an extremely organized professional secretary for nearly 50 years. I have attained my Certified Professional Secretary rating.


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