How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Housekeeping?September 12, 2022
How Can In-Home Care Workers Help Seniors with Housekeeping?
A majority of people do not enjoy cleaning up after themselves, but it is a necessary part of life. A home in disarray has been shown to have strong, negative impacts on one’s mental health. Too much clutter can increase stress and difficulties focusing.
There are physical ramifications too. It goes without saying that people are more susceptible to a slip and fall in a messy home, but those who live in unsanitary conditions are also more likely to experience colds and cases of flu. Even if cleaning isn’t exactly the most inspiring activity, it is important to keep on top of it for one’s health.
For seniors, however, a cluttered home isn’t necessarily about “not enjoying” cleaning anymore. It may have more to do with the physicality that comes with the chore. Cleaning is a more physical task than one might think, with a great deal of bending, lifting, and back and forth involved that can exhaust older adults.
In order to stay safe at home, it’s crucial to help seniors with housekeeping. In-home care workers can help seniors with the light housekeeping tasks that have grown to be too difficult. Their assistance encompasses more than dusting and vacuuming.
Home care workers help keep a kitchen pristine
The kitchen is where some of the major health concerns come into play. Lingering germs from unwashed dishes, full trash bags, and spoiled food can lead to bacterial and viral infections. These can be quite serious to at-risk seniors. Not to mention, the smells that arise from these issues are equally unpleasant to experience.
In-home caregivers help keep a kitchen healthy by discarding spoiled food and emptying trash cans. After a meal, they’ll wash dishes and disinfect countertops. They can even sweep and mop the floors free of debris.
In the bathroom, home care workers help seniors disinfect
Disinfecting all bathroom surfaces is crucial to healthy living. The space that one goes to get clean needs to be just as clean as one strives to be! The sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub all need to be regularly cleaned for optimal personal care.
An in-home caregiver can help with that. They can reach the places that might be difficult for a senior to access and save them the risk of a slip and fall.
Home care workers help maintain the whole living space
It’s in one’s main living spaces—such as the bedroom and the living room—that clutter accumulates. Tasks like dusting and changing the sheets fall to the wayside when there is a great deal of mess. Caregivers can help clear away trash and follow up by dusting and disinfecting the area.
Laundry, too, can be difficult for seniors, as lifting heavy loads and bending to fold clothing can be strenuous. In-home caregivers will assist with doing laundry and putting it all away. That way, seniors can focus on living comfortably with their freshly washed linens.
Helping seniors with housekeeping is a key part of keeping them safe and healthy. Clutter and mess can make it dangerous to navigate through one’s home. This is a problem not only in one’s day-to-day life but in the case of an emergency.
Home Care Powered by AUAF can help seniors with light housekeeping and so much more
At Home Care Powered by AUAF, our trained caregivers are thorough with their housekeeping tasks, as it not only makes their client’s life more comfortable but their job easier. More than anything, we want our clients to be able to live out the remainder of their lives happy and safe in the comfort of their homes. On top of assisting with housekeeping tasks, we can also help with home care services including:
- Personal care
- Medication reminders and management
- Meal preparation
- Running errands
- Brain games and activities
- Companionship and social interaction
For more than 25 years, Home Care Powered by AUAF has offered professional caregiving to seniors across the Chicago area. Our clients and their families rest easy knowing their activities of daily living are properly taken care of. If you’re curious about how we can help improve you or your elderly loved one’s quality of life, call us at 773-274-9262
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