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Home Care Tips: Downsizing During the Autumn Season

Home Care in Cairo GA

Downsizing is something that many elderly adults face during their later years, but it is also something that many find stressful and upsetting. While downsizing can make it easier for your aging Home-Care-Cairo-GAloved ones to continue to age in place by reducing their possessions, streamlining their homes, and possibly even transitioning them into a smaller home that is easier to take care of, you can reduce their stress, save them money, improve their care, and make future transitions or clearing out of the home faster and easier.

A home care provider can be an exceptional help during this challenging task, offering your aging loved one support and encouragement, physically helping with the downsizing tasks, and acting as a distraction to help you managing elements of the downsizing project that could cause you to face resistance and even combativeness from your parents.


Some of the ways that hiring a home care provider can offer you invaluable assistance while helping your aging loved ones downsize this fall include:

• Organizing their wardrobe. One service that most in home health care services providers offer is handling a couple of loads of laundry each week. This helps ensure your parents always have access to clean clothes and clean linens. While she is folding the clean laundry, have her closely check each article of clothing and identify pieces that are no longer in wearable condition, that she has noticed no longer fit your parents, or that are from another season. Have her set aside these pieces so that you can either get rid of them or pack them up.

• Cleaning out the pantry. Fall and winter bring with them several holidays and opportunities for get-togethers that usually mean plenty of cooking and enjoying good food together. One fantastic way to get a jump on this, while also working toward your downsizing goal, is to go shopping for cooking basics and clean out the pantry to accommodate them. Cleaning out the pantry allows you to throw away expired or damaged food, identify duplicates of appliances or gadgets that could be donated or thrown away, and rethink the organization of the pantry for improved accessibility and simplified operation.

• Cutting down on belongings. Nearly everyone, but especially aging adults, has items in their home that they do not use or need. You have likely already identified a few of these pieces in your parents’ home. Ask the care provider to watch your parents closely for several days or even a couple of weeks to see if they ever use the items that you have pointed out. If they do not, ask your parents about the possibility of donating those items so that they could benefit other people, especially in the wake of the holiday season.


Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to find out more about hiring an in home health care services provider who can help your parents work through the often difficult task of downsizing so that they can benefit from a simpler, more streamlined home environment.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Cairo, GA, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.