December 15, 2010
A Senior Home's Clutter Zones
Cabinets with unused pots and pans.
Problem: a senior can fall trying to get to them.
Freezer and refrigerator with expired and old food
Problem: a senior can suffer food poisoning or malnutrition.
Bills on the counter and kitchen table.
Problem: unpaid bills.
Expired medications in the medicine cabinets and old make-up.
Problem: missed medications and accidental overdosing; skin infections and irritations from expired make-up.
Problem: inability to locate necessities.
Using the bathtub to store papers.
Papers and magazines on and under beds.
Problem: fire hazard.
Too much clothing and shoes in the closet.
Problem: confusion and disorganization.
Magazines and shoes on the steps.
Problem: tripping hazard.
A catch-all for everything.
Problem: rodents, mold and mildew.
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