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Getting Rid of ‘Stuff’ at Home Can Improve Safety for Seniors

How much ‘stuff’ do you have in your house right now? A lot of people don’t consider most of their possessions to be ‘stuff.’ Yet, that’s exactly what it is in most cases. In reality, you may have 10 bookshelves full of books, but how many of them do you even look at or would ever read again?

Senior Home Safety in Port St. Lucie FL: Getting Rid of Clutter

Senior Home Safety in Port St. Lucie FL: Getting Rid of Clutter

What about furniture? You may have two couches, a recliner, a love seat, and an elegant sitting chair with end tables, lamps on each end table, a piano in the corner nobody ever plays, a china cabinet with trinkets and mementos that haven’t been looked at or even dusted in years.

These items are collected over time and for somebody in their 70s or 80s, all of this ‘stuff’ can ultimately lead to tripping hazards. That’s why it’s incredibly important to analyze and evaluate every single situation to determine whether it is as safe as possible for this senior.

How to convince somebody to get rid of this ‘stuff.’

It’s not going to be easy. However, if there are too many items of furniture congesting the living room, dining room, and even overflowing into the hallway and bedrooms, it’s well past time to go through these items. Get rid of things they haven’t used in years. Consider the three or five-year rule.

If it hasn’t been looked at, used, or even thought about in at least three or five years, it’s time to get rid of it, no matter how much sentimental value it may have once held. If there is a risk to safety involved with keeping some of these items in place, is it really worth it?

Clearing out clutter can also have a positive emotional impact.

When people are overwhelmed with stuff, when they have file cabinets belching paper out of them, when their closets are packed full, there’s a sense of overwhelming that can hit them. They can’t find anything. It takes 10 times longer just to get certain things done throughout the day.

Clearing out the clutter, getting rid of so much of that stuff can help to boost spirits, change emotional outlook, and even provide a sense of organization. This is a wonderful thing for many people, including seniors.

For those who worry about the safety and well-being of an aging family member who seems to be surrounded by stuff, it’s not always going to be an easy conversation to start, but it may very well be one of the most important to have.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Port St. Lucie, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

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Jon Fedele

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Activa Home Health
Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.

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