A few years ago, I was asked to be a preferred organizer for an assisted living center in my neighborhood. I was to help people downsize their homes and move them into their new condos. As easy as it seems, it comes with its own set of challenges.
I quickly learned that I need not only to address their organizing needs but mobility ones as well. Just yesterday, I received a call from one of my clients stating that she loved her closet I organized for her but was having some issues with her arms and could not get her clothes down off the hangers.
I immediately went out and purchased a tall shelf( and installed it) in her closet. We took some of her favorite clothes that could be folded and put them on the shelves. All she had to do was reach and grab a sweater or slacks. Problem solved!!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when helping someone who is older get settled in their new place:
1. What system should you use for their medicine. Make sure its clearly labeled and accessible.
2. How is their mobility? Make sure they have space to get around their home.
3. If they are unable to us a step tool, make sure all the current season of clothing is within reach.
4. What are their cooking habits? What needs to be accessible to them? Can they lift their current dinner ware? You might need to purchase a lighter set of dishes.
5. While I am a big fan of buying things in bulk, it might be hard for them to lift heavy bottles. If you do buy in bulk, transfer liquids to smaller containers.
6. Thing small vs tall. Its safer. I have used short bookshelves to line walls for not only books but for clothing as well.
The most important thing is that you make they are able to function in a safe manner!!
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