Blog > How to help your senior loved one downsize their possessions

A comfortable living environment for anyone is a clean, clutter-free home. About 30% of people over the age of 70 have done nothing to downsize their belongings. Some seniors can't let go of the past, it may be clothes from their late significant other or just an array of collections they started years ago. It's tough talking to them and trying to help them downsize what they have. We have your back, with these tips the conversation you have been avoiding will be a breeze.

When you first approach the situation you want to ease into the conversation and not be insulting or hostile towards them. They may not realize they have a hoarding problem until it's brought to the table for discussion. Tell them that they could donate the things they don't want to charity for people who are not as fortunate as them. With a few trusted friends and family to help out, you will be able to de-clutter your senior's home and organize it in no time. For the elderly to do it on their own can be overwhelming and time consuming to the point where they won't do it. That's why a couple of helping hands will do the trick. To make sure the job gets done, set a date and hire a cleaning service to help you along the way. Once you scheduled a date and time to start, it gives you more motivation to get it done versus not scheduling a date. We recommend starting it on a Saturday morning so you will have the weekend to get it out of the way and it won't affect your work schedule during the week. When the day comes to start, take it room by room for it to be less overwhelming and use your time efficiently. This could even turn into a bonding experience between you and your senior loved one. You're killing two birds with one stone, helping them clean their home while spending some quality time with them.

Posted on 10/04/2015 in In-Home Care

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