Gillian lived a few hours away from her elderly mother, Alice, so she wasn’t able to visit frequently. It had been two months since her last visit. On that visit, Alice’s house had been a little messy with a few dirty dishes in the sink and a thin layer of dust on the furniture. Gillian didn’t think much of it. She simply grabbed a dust rag and helped her mother clean up. However, on this visit, she noticed the house didn’t seem to have been cleaned since the last time she had been there. There was a thicker layer of dust and the carpet looked like it hadn’t been vacuumed in a while. The kitchen floor had a dried spill of food on it that had not been cleaned up. There was also a huge amount of dirty laundry in the laundry room. Gillian hated the thought of her mom living in an untidy home since Alice had always been particular about her house when Gillian was growing up. She couldn’t be there to clean the house each week.
Gillian called a homecare agency and asked what they could do to help. She was surprised at just how much help around the house homecare could provide her mother.
Below are just 4 of the tasks Gillian learned homecare could do.
A vacuum can be too heavy for older adults to lift and maneuver around the house. That can lead to a build up of dust and dirt in the carpet. Not only does it look bad, if your aging relative has allergies, pollen and dust can build up in the carpet, making their allergy symptoms worse. A homecare provider can vacuum the house weekly or as often as needed.
Dusting may be an easy task for some seniors, but for older adults with mobility problems or arthritis, bending to reach lower tabletops or reaching to dust higher shelves could cause a fall or be painful. A homecare provider can grab a dust rag or duster and clean up dust in all rooms of the house while the senior relaxes or spends time doing something they enjoy.
#3: Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the rooms of the house that it is vital to keep clean. Dirt and bacteria in the kitchen can get into the food and make your older family member ill. A homecare provider can wash counters, clean old food out of the refrigerator, clean up spills, and sweep and mop the floor.
#4: Bathroom Clean Up
A dirty bathroom is filled with germs and just not pleasant to use. Homecare providers can clean the toilet, wash the floor and counter, and keep the bathtub and shower clean.