Spring Cleaning and Organization In The Washington DC Area

It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about spring cleaning, which likely means some serious decluttering, reorganization, scrubbing and polishing. Spring is the time that we all begin thinking about cleaning and organizing our homes. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that a good spring cleaning is a worthwhile exercise.


But did you know that it can also benefit your health and wellbeing? Below are some reasons why clearing out those closets and grabbing the polish can actually good for you. Let the cleaning commence!

In the Washington, D.C area, many residents lead busy schedules that prevent them from routine spring cleaning as other responsibilities become prioritized in the “to-do-list”. Spring Cleaning can increase productivity. Making the effort to declutter and organize your home or office can save you tons of time looking for or replacing lost items in the future. Organization makes you more productive, while the cleaning process itself can increase energy levels. We all need to learn to let go. If you haven’t used something since the last spring clean, it might be time to say goodbye. Cleaning can be a great way for Senior Care professionals to get clients active and engaged.

Spring cleaning is also healthy. Many elderly individuals struggle with allergies but already take a slew of medications leaving little room for allergy medication. A good spring clean can help you avoid allergy symptoms and lower Asthma attacks. Removing allergens from the home can make you feel healthier, especially at a time when allergies are rife. You want to try to get those hard to reach places too where dust build up. Make sure though to ask for help moving big pieces of furniture or climbing up ladders when going for those hard-to-reach spots.


Spring cleaning can make you happy. Taking the time to thoroughly clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier, studies have shown. The act of cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction, which in turn can put you in a good mood. Also, putting on some of your favorite music while cleaning can make it even more fun!

Spring cleaning can help to reduce stress. Cleaning and organizing your personal spaces lets you enjoy a tidier and more organized environment and this can relieve stress. Levels of stress can also be reduced during the act itself as cleaning is considered to be therapeutic. But make sure to always be realistic. If it’s all getting too much, take a break. It’s not a race after all.


Lastly, Spring leaning can help you to focus. Those who make a point of clearing out the clutter once in a while are able to free up the brain for more essential decision-making, according to a study carried out by the founder of America’s Anxiety Disorder Center. A thorough clean helps to clear your mind of things that need to be done around the house and makes it easier to focus on other more important things. You should concentrate though on one room at a time to make sure you get the job done properly

Early Stage Dementia: What To Do

Recognizing Early Stage Alzheimer’s in the Washington DC area

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that affects each individual differently. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for roughly 80% of all new dementia diagnoses. Each stage of Alzheimer’s introduces symptoms that directly impacts the cognitive and functional abilities of the individual. In the early stage of the disease, symptoms are generally mild and may be difficult to notice. At this stage, the individual may functional independently with the ability to complete all of their own activities of daily living. However, they may begin experiencing frequent memory lapses or the inability to identify familiar words. Friends and family may notice the individual struggling with performing routine tasks or maintaining organization. During a medical examination, doctors may identify problems in memory or concentration. It can be helpful to involve Senior Care professionals, family and friends in the examination to provide their personal accounts of symptoms, as the individual may not be readily able to identify changes in themselves.

Common challenges in the Early-Stage of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Difficulties with planning or organization
  • Difficulties with recalling the right word or name for familiar objects
  • Difficulties with performing social or work tasks
  • Frequent memory lapses
  • Frequently losing or misplacing valuable objects
  • Difficulties with retaining new information
  • Difficulty following storylines
  • Deteriorating sense of direction

Once medical examinations are completed and an Alzheimer’s dementia diagnosis is received, it’s important to optimize the safety and quality of life of the individual. Caregivers and friends should provide the individual with support and empathy while preparing for upcoming challenges ahead. Senior Home Care professionals should discuss advance directives and preferred future plans of care with the individual, to ensure that their wishes are upheld when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Take the time to carefully plan for comprehensive and holistic care which meets the entire needs of the individual– it’s the best way to honor their life and legacy. Finding holistic and comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C area can be challenging. However, care that is tailored to the needs of the individual and enhances their well-being is essential to ensuring longevity.


Alzheimer’s Association . (2017). Stages of Alzheimer’s. Retrieved from alz.org: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_of_alzheimers.asp#mild

Higuera, V., & Ellis, M. (2016, July 12). 10 Early Symptoms of Dementia. Retrieved from healthline.com: http://www.healthline.com/health/dementia/early-warning-signs

Mayo Clinic. (2017). Dementia. Retrieved from mayoclinic.org: http:www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/diagnosis-treatment/diagnosis/dxc-20198511

Philia Featured Caregiver

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Our Philia Nanny –  Ashley. D.


What motivated you to become a caregiver?

Ashley was influenced by her family to become a caregiver. She has a huge family and because she was the baby and her sisters and brothers were older they had their own children. From that she would watch all her nieces and nephews so her mom didn’t have to it. She would help whenever needed. She loved watching them and grow and learn new things while in her care. It gave her a sense of pride and accomplishment. To know she had something to do with their growth and development excited her and knew her passion was to take care of children.


What do you enjoy about caregiving?

Ashley enjoys meeting new children with different personalities. It challenges her skills as a caregiver and also allows her to be creative with her activities.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Ashley enjoys coaching her high school she went to, Majorette Team. She enjoys dancing at Church and doing fun and adventurous things with her own 4 year old daughter Lyric.


If you or an aging loved one are considering HOME CARE IN SILVER SPRING, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

Fall Arts and Crafts Projects

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Tabletop Turkey   Home-Care-in-Silver-Spring-MD

  1. Paint a paper cup brown. Turn the cup upside down and glue a pom-pom to the top of the cup for the head.
  2. Cut nine 4-inch leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. Fold a 1-inch-square piece of orange construction paper in half; cut a triangle shape out of the folded paper for the beak. Using a 2-inch square of red paper folded in half, cut a heart shape to create the turkey’s wattle.
  3. Glue the beak and wattle to the pom-pom. Add googly eyes. Glue on the “feathers.”



Cup on the Cob  Home-Care-in-Silver-Spring-MD

  1. Cut an oval corncob shape slightly larger than the paper cup out of yellow construction paper. With crayons, draw kernels on the paper. Glue to the front of the cup.
  2. Cut a piece of crepe paper, 11 inches high by 12 inches long (this may vary depending on size of cup). Glue the crepe paper around the cup to create the corn husk. Crinkle and gather the paper at the top as you glue around the cup.
  3. Fill a snack bag with popcorn and place inside the cup. Gather the top of the crepe paper and tie with a piece of raffia.



Easy Nature Notecards Craft for Kids

  1. Scout the backyard for a round or oval leaf.
  2. Lightly paint one side with orange poster paint. Press onto the bottom half of a sheet of construction paper, then carefully remove.
  3. With a small paintbrush add a stem. Let dry. Fold paper in half, and use as notepaper.

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Why Should You Consider Finding a Support Group to Join?

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Some family caregivers hear that they might enjoy attending support group meetings and they fear that’s just another thing that they’ll have to add to their to do list. The truth is that you can gain a lot from attending support group meetings as a family caregiver.

You Can Share Your Feelings without Feeling Judged

Caregivers often feel that if they were to share how they feel with the people in their lives, they would be judged harshly for some of their emotions. In order to work through those emotions, though, you need to be able to feel them and express them so that you can move past them. In a support group, other people there have felt the same way that you have at one time or another. They’re not there to judge you. They’re there to give and to receive support on their own caregiving journey.

It’s a Social Outlet

Quite often you’ll find that as you interact with people in the support group, you’ll strike up friendships. This is vitally important, because one of the ways that you can combat caregiver stress is to make time for social interaction. While a busy family caregiver might not hire a senior care provider to cover for her while she has lunch with a friend, she is far more likely to take that time to go to a support group meeting. There she can meet with friends and get so much more, too.

You Can Learn Quite a Bit about Caregiving

Another aspect of support groups that is important is that they’re very often educational. Some support groups even structure their meetings so that there is time for sharing and time for a speaker or other educational presentation. These presentations could be about general caregiving, specific situations, or even specific health conditions. All of this depends on the support group you’re attending, so be sure to research the structure if you’re looking for educational meetings.

The People You Meet Understand Your Situation

Beyond the social interaction, the educational aspect, and the ability to share your feelings in a safe environment, it’s important to understand that the people you encounter at support groups really get where you’re coming from. Unlike other situations you may encounter where people may try to understand what it’s like to be a family caregiver, these folks are right there in the trenches with you.

If you haven’t found a support group yet, try asking your loved one’s doctor for ideas about where you can find one that might fit your needs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering HOME CARE IN SILVER SPRING, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.


Fourth of July Arts And Crafts Projects

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Festive Flags

What You’ll Need:

  • 12″x12″ sheets of red, white, and blue cardstock
  • Craft glue
  • 1/8″ hole punch
  • Starpaper punches in several sizes
  • Twenty 10″ strips of ribbon (1/4″ to ½” wide)
  • Cord or twine

Make It: Cut white cardstock into two 6″x12″ rectangles. Along the 12″ side of one rectangle, measure and punch a hole at 4″, at 8″, and at 11 ½”. Glue ribbon strips along the opposite side. Punch out stars in various sizes from colored cardstock. Flip white cardstock over; glue stars onto rectangle. Roll rectangle until one edge meets, but does not overlap, the first hole. Glue edges together, press firmly, and let dry. Thread cord through holes and hang.


Fourth of July Parade Stick Craft

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 to 10 sheets of newspaper
  • Transparent tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Shredded crinkle paper
  • 5-inch silver cardboard star
  • Star-shape foam stickers

Make it: Tape the ribbon at one end of the stick and wrap it in a spiral to the other end. Secure it at that end with tape. Glue crinkle paper and a silver cardboard star onto one end of the baton; let dry flat. Decorate the cardboard star with star-shape foam stickers.


Flowery Flags

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 coffee filters
  • Red and blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chenille stem
  • Bobby pin or rubber band

Make It: Paint the inside of a filter red and another blue. You only have to coat the ruffled edges of the filter. Let dry. Stack 3 filters and puncture the center with a chenille stem. Wind 1″ of the chenille stem in a knot in the inside of flower. Bunch filters in back and wrap 2″ of stem around them tightly to secure. Fluff the coffee-filter layers to form a flower and attach it to a bobby pin or a rubber band using the chenille stem.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Silver Spring, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.