I’m proud to be working with the American Cleaning Institute to help spread the word about the #PacketsUp campaign for laundry room safety. All opinions expressed are my own.
Caregiving for an older adult with dementia can have its challenges. But I firmly believe that it can also be a rewarding experience as long as you have the right tools to help you! That is why I am so excited to be teaming up with the American Cleaning Institute’s #PacketsUp campaign to bring awareness to laundry room safety.
Laundry, while necessary, rarely conveniently fits into a caregivers schedule. With so many other items on the to-do list getting laundry “over with” is a familiar feeling. Leaving liquid laundry packets in easy-to-grab places may seem like you are saving time, but if you can access them, so can the person in your care. There are several simple steps you can take to ensure your laundry room is a safe space for the individuals living with dementia in your care.
3 Caregiver Tips to Laundry Room Safety
Dementia symptoms can cause impairment in both item recognition and item association. That makes carefully storing cleaning products, including liquid laundry packets, especially important when discussing laundry room safety as a caregiver. Accidental exposure to liquid laundry packets can be prevented by taking a few simple steps to ensure they are used and stored safely.
#1 – Store liquid laundry packets up high and out of sight and reach
- If you are caring for an individual who shows the signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, all cleaning products, including laundry detergents, should be stored in a locked cabinet or a closet.
- If you don’t have a cabinet available, place liquid laundry packets (in the original packaging) into a larger bin with other laundry and household products and put it up high where those at risk won’t be able to see it.
#2 – Always store liquid laundry packets in their original containers.
- While clear or glass jars can be a creative way to display household items, storing liquid laundry packets visibly in these jars could be confusing for adults with memory impairments.
- Keep liquid laundry packets tightly secured in their original packaging, stored up and out of reach.
#3 – The #PacketsUp Routine
- Visit packetsup.com for more information and tools to help you prevent exposures from liquid laundry packets.
- Order a free cling and put it on your cabinet as a safe storage reminder
- Conduct routine safety checks in the home to prevent accidents
- Join the conversation, follow #PacketsUp for the latest laundry room safety tips and information.
- American Cleaning Institute’s safety tips for caregivers (here)
- Caregiver Action Network (here)
- National Institute on Aging (here)
- Alzheimer’s Association (here)
If a liquid laundry packet is ingested call the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) immediately.