Safe Spring Cleaning for Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on March 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

senior-citizen-woman-cleaning-weeds-from-neighborhood-park-200x300Spring officially begins on March 20! After a long, cold winter (for most of us) the warmer weather and longer days are much appreciated. But spring also forces us to get outside and be a little more active, which includes cleaning the house and yard. While it’s wonderful to be outdoors and getting some exercise, it’s important to be cautious while doing certain chores.

Doing Chores Safely

Here are some helpful tips from Senior News: 50 and Better:

Be prepared

When mowing the lawn, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Clear your lawn of stones, toys and other potentially hazardous debris before you begin, to prevent flying objects. Keep children away from your yard while you’re mowing.

Climb carefully

Reduce the risk of a ladder fall by always using a stable ladder. Be sure to use the correct height ladder for the job and follow all weight restrictions. Only set ladders on level surfaces. Pay close attention to what you’re doing and climb up and down the ladder slowly and deliberately.

Lift heavy objects carefully

When lifting those boxes in your basement and any other objects with heft, bend at the knees to avoid throwing your back out. If a chore is causing you pain, stop what you’re doing.

Watch your cleaning products

Cleaning products can be extremely stringent, causing irritation to your eyes, nose and throat. If opting for natural alternatives, such as vinegar or lemons is not an option, use the harsher stuff with care. Open all windows when using harsh cleaning products, especially ammonia. Wear gloves and consider protecting your nose and mouth with a surgical mask. Place products out of reach when you’re not using them if you have pets or small children.

Take care of your body

From lawn work to scrubbing floors, unusual repetitious motions can really take a toll, resulting in muscle pain or bruising. Treat your spring clean like a workout and stretch your major muscle groups before you get started. If you feel stiff or sore after a long day of reaching, bending and lifting, Dr. Meyer recommends minimizing physical activity, elevating an injured arm or leg, and treating the first sign of muscle pain by applying a quick absorbing topical muscle pain reliever like Arnicare Gel.

Take a break

Remember to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and end your long day with a relaxing bath.

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