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It’s Spring Time! Time for Cleaning, Uncluttering and Making Repairs.
Great news! Spring is finally here, a time for a fresh start, a time to open windows, dust and clean off the winter grime and get rid of the clutter that’s accumulated all winter long.
For many it’s decision making time - what to keep and what to throw out, what repairs to make and what can wait, what to recycle and what to keep, who to give it to or what organization can take it.
Many of us help our elders with decision making projects. Here are few things to keep in mind when spring cleaning with an older adult – especially one who finds it hard to part with things from the past.
Be sensitive. Many items have sentimental attachments and even though they are not in great shape, they are still hard to let go. Talking about the item instead of just suggesting it be thrown out, shows respect for both the item and owner. For some people, there’s a story behind everything they have but once talked about, it’s easier to let go.
Another reason clutter has not been addressed, is that the older adult just can’t physically get to it. The small attic access makes it impossible to drag out books, boxes, holiday decorations, etc. If someone can climb in there and bring everything out, then they can begin to sort.
Think of Usage. Is that old lawn mower taking up a lot of room in the small garage even though they have lawn service? What about the old baby carriage, kid’s bikes, and other items all piled up in the back corner – could they be given away to someone who could use them? Many people just want to see something put to good use and enjoyed.
Set some goals. Cleaning out can be hard work, both physically and emotionally. Set some small goals and celebrate them. There’s a feeling of accomplishment when a room that has been “off limits” all winter, is finally cleared out and looks great; it motivates them to go onto the next.
Give us a call. Once clutter has been removed, it’s a good time to see if any home repairs or modifications are in order to make the house safe and comfortable. Our Home Repair Program’s “Tuesday Toolmen” are a great group of retired craftsmen who build ramps, install handrails and grab bars, and make other minor home modifications, all for an affordable fee. Call us at 382-0515 and see how the Toolmen can help make a home safe, easy to get around, and comfortable, for years to come.
Join Us for ‘March for Meals’
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is participating in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their home.
March for Meals is a national campaign held annually during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of the struggles faced by our aging neighbors and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
“Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day making sure that no senior is forgotten,” said Meals On Wheels Association of America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on Wheels programs and ensure all seniors live a nourished lives with independence and dignity.
Senior Services is seeking volunteers to deliver meals during the month of March. It’s a wonderful experience that you won’t soon forget! Some communities promote “Big Wheels Deliver Meals!” You may not think of yourself as a ‘Big Wheel’ but anyone who donates their time to serve others, is definitely a ‘Big Wheel’ in our book!
To sign up, just call 382-0515 and pick something that fits your schedule. If you can’t volunteer, please consider making a donation to the Meals on Wheels program to help us serve more homebound seniors. Thank you for helping us, help those in need!
7th Annual Charity Golf Event June 1, 2015
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