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Small Space Senior Living
Declutter and Clean Without Being Overwhelmed Using Block System
by Dotti Swenson

Overview


Micro-Cleaning Blocks help older adults declutter and clean without feeling overwhelmed. House cleaning and housekeeping may not be what comes to mind to alleviate tension. However, by adopting this system to declutter and clean, you might change your mind. Micro-Cleaning Blocks are small segments of a cleaning task, and it usually doesn't represent the entire cleaning project. With dozens of micro-cleaning jobs to choose from, even those in a wheelchair, a walker, or using a cane for support can accomplish several tasks independently.
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Description


Older adults are transitioning to smaller living spaces within their community. There are different reasons; for some, the choice to downsize is an economic decision; or the opportunity to be close to family; for others, it's the loss of a partner, a lifestyle change, or medical needs. Many are fit and active, living an independent lifestyle, including those in wheelchairs, walkers, or using a cane for support. Their goal is to "Age in Place," focusing on and contributing to their community. However, as time goes on, one may find it more challenging to live comfortably and sometimes safely without help. Small Space Senior Living addresses these challenges not just with talk but with achievable action plans, ones you can work on at your own pace. The Micro-Cleaning Block system will teach you to map out realistic cleaning goals to follow. In addition, you will learn how to get a workmate to help you. Guilt-free, no badgering, no begging.
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About the author


Although now retired, for 25-years, I worked as a caregiver with older adults who preferred to stay in their homes. My clients lived independent lifestyles, remaining active; there were those living at home Aging in Place, and others in various stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. I had some degree of success playing games and adapting activities and outings for my clients. However, I found planning a routine around household cleaning and projects extremely successful. I also managed a 52-unit apartment complex for many years. One aspect of the job was to walk through an apartment when a tenant was moving in or out. A move-in/out property checklist is an extensive list for the tenant to submit a written record of the property condition, from a cracked light switch plate to a missing door stopper. The same list was used as a guide while I cleaned and restored the apartment to its original condition, recorded damages, and scheduled repairs if needed. This list, in a sense, involved micro-cleaning. Consequently, I was able to glean from this list and create Micro-Cleaning Blocks, making my job a lot easier. Over time, I used the method in my home and the homes of my clients. I found it the perfect way to help my clients declutter and clean without becoming stressed and agitated. Even those in a wheelchair, a walker, or using a cane for support accomplished many tasks. While working with dementia or Alzheimer's clients, I noticed their character change; they were more animated, more positive when I gave them a small task or project. Most with dementia or Alzheimer's live in the moment; they forget the entire experience shortly after. Still, at that moment, they were connecting with me and something familiar to them. I'm also intimately familiar with small space living. Spanning 18 years, I have rented a room from friends on two separate occasions, lived in an 8' x 22' travel trailer parked in another friend's yard, and now live in a small (527 sq. ft.) 1-bedroom apartment. Combining these disciplines and experiences, I now share what I have learned through the years with others. I love my to-do lists and my color-coded budget. I'm great at organizing and planning. I'm skillful at goal setting and meeting goals. I love projects and managing them. My computer skills, honed by 35-years of genealogy research, are an asset for tracking down all types of information. Most importantly, helping others is my main inspiration.
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Book details

Genre:SELF-HELP

Subgenre:Aging

Language:English

Pages:85

eBook ISBN:9781667824529


Overview


Micro-Cleaning Blocks help older adults declutter and clean without feeling overwhelmed. House cleaning and housekeeping may not be what comes to mind to alleviate tension. However, by adopting this system to declutter and clean, you might change your mind. Micro-Cleaning Blocks are small segments of a cleaning task, and it usually doesn't represent the entire cleaning project. With dozens of micro-cleaning jobs to choose from, even those in a wheelchair, a walker, or using a cane for support can accomplish several tasks independently.

Read more

Description


Older adults are transitioning to smaller living spaces within their community. There are different reasons; for some, the choice to downsize is an economic decision; or the opportunity to be close to family; for others, it's the loss of a partner, a lifestyle change, or medical needs. Many are fit and active, living an independent lifestyle, including those in wheelchairs, walkers, or using a cane for support. Their goal is to "Age in Place," focusing on and contributing to their community. However, as time goes on, one may find it more challenging to live comfortably and sometimes safely without help. Small Space Senior Living addresses these challenges not just with talk but with achievable action plans, ones you can work on at your own pace. The Micro-Cleaning Block system will teach you to map out realistic cleaning goals to follow. In addition, you will learn how to get a workmate to help you. Guilt-free, no badgering, no begging.

Read more

About the author


Although now retired, for 25-years, I worked as a caregiver with older adults who preferred to stay in their homes. My clients lived independent lifestyles, remaining active; there were those living at home Aging in Place, and others in various stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. I had some degree of success playing games and adapting activities and outings for my clients. However, I found planning a routine around household cleaning and projects extremely successful. I also managed a 52-unit apartment complex for many years. One aspect of the job was to walk through an apartment when a tenant was moving in or out. A move-in/out property checklist is an extensive list for the tenant to submit a written record of the property condition, from a cracked light switch plate to a missing door stopper. The same list was used as a guide while I cleaned and restored the apartment to its original condition, recorded damages, and scheduled repairs if needed. This list, in a sense, involved micro-cleaning. Consequently, I was able to glean from this list and create Micro-Cleaning Blocks, making my job a lot easier. Over time, I used the method in my home and the homes of my clients. I found it the perfect way to help my clients declutter and clean without becoming stressed and agitated. Even those in a wheelchair, a walker, or using a cane for support accomplished many tasks. While working with dementia or Alzheimer's clients, I noticed their character change; they were more animated, more positive when I gave them a small task or project. Most with dementia or Alzheimer's live in the moment; they forget the entire experience shortly after. Still, at that moment, they were connecting with me and something familiar to them. I'm also intimately familiar with small space living. Spanning 18 years, I have rented a room from friends on two separate occasions, lived in an 8' x 22' travel trailer parked in another friend's yard, and now live in a small (527 sq. ft.) 1-bedroom apartment. Combining these disciplines and experiences, I now share what I have learned through the years with others. I love my to-do lists and my color-coded budget. I'm great at organizing and planning. I'm skillful at goal setting and meeting goals. I love projects and managing them. My computer skills, honed by 35-years of genealogy research, are an asset for tracking down all types of information. Most importantly, helping others is my main inspiration.
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