Protect Seniors from Fraud
A lifetime accumulation of possessions—combined with a daily influx of junk mail, bills and newspapers—can quickly overwhelm seniors who already may be struggling physically, mentally or emotionally. Go slowly on the cleanup and consider providing a helping hand each week.
Q. I just drove 800 miles to help my mother celebrate her 78th birthday. The minute I stepped into the house, I was floored when I saw stacks of newspapers, things such as empty egg cartons and stuff pulled out of cabinets that she hasn’t used in years. I’m careful not to criticize Mom because I don’t want to upset her, but what do I do now?
Resist the urge to try to whip the house into shape in a couple of hours, but pleasantly ask if you can help with a few seemingly insignificant things. Perhaps you can say, “Mom, I know you always take those newspapers to the recycling bin near the mall. Can I do that for you?” Then work up to the bigger items. Getting rid of stuff is a two-step process: sorting and deciding, on the one hand, and disposing on the other.
These tips, and other resources can help:
You might want to consider a Home Instead CAREGiverSM who can help your mother with light housekeeping and keep an organized, safe environment. Is your mom bored, and therefore pulling unneeded items out of storage just for memory’s sake? A CAREGiver also can provide companionship while helping with meal preparation, medication reminders, errands and shopping.
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