Spring cleaning for an older loved one

Here are tips for having difficult conversations and for addressing your concerns

Messy desktop shows a stack of brochures, files, and documents, and a coffee cup. A computer monitor is in the background.


Perhaps you've noticed your aging parents haven't been keeping their home as tidy or clean as they once did. Are you concerned that their "accumulations" could be a trip hazard? Maybe their piles are interfering with their ability to prepare a meal? Or maybe their stacks aren't organized and important paperwork or bills are being lost or misplaced?

If you feel you need to speak to a loved one about your concerns, it may be a tough conversation to start. offers "6 tips for talking to aging parents about clutter." Learn how to approach this conversation and why it is important to do so. For starters, how do you know if clutter is even a problem? And how do you assess safety concerns? The article offers suggestions to help you navigate a discussion with your loved one.

Visit the Family and Caregiving Programs page of JHU's Benefits & Worklife website to learn about more resources to help you care for an aging parent. MySupport offers individual consultation on caregiving matters, Backup Care provides subsidized in-home care if you find yourself in a caregiving pinch, and your free premium membership can help you find assistance in the form of a housekeeper or a home health aide.

And while you're at it, check out these house cleaning tips from professional cleaners for inspiration to begin your own spring cleaning.

For questions, contact the JHU Benefits Service Center at or 410-516-2000.

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