Elderly Care in Ridgefield, CT
Most caregivers and home care aides know the importance of keeping a clean home for the elderly adult under their care. Keeping up with routine cleaning such as vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, and washing the dishes helps to maintain a safe and sanitary home which can help keep elderly adults from getting sick and/or hurt. In some instances, however, cleaning comes with safety risks if certain precautions are not taken. To help keep the elderly adult under your care (and yourself) safe and healthy, follow these simple household cleaning safety tips:
Don’t Leave Floors Wet
Mopping in the kitchen and bathroom is an important chore to do regularly, but leaving wet floors unattended can put your elderly loved one at risk for falls. After mopping, be sure to dry the floor with a towel. Or, if you would rather let it air-dry, make sure the elderly adult under your care does not walk on that floor until it is completely dry.
Use Safe Cleaning Products
Some cleaning products have unpleasant fumes and odors that can irritate your elderly loved one’s lungs, especially if they suffer from asthma. In addition, some cleaning products have fumes that can actually cause dizziness and lightheadedness if they are used in an unventilated area. Other cleaning products, such as bleach, can be harmful if they touch the skin. To avoid the unpleasant consequences of using these types of cleaning products, opt for safer alternatives that can still get the job done such as white vinegar, dish soap, and baking soda. If you must use a “heavy-duty” cleaning product, be sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully.
Wear Gloves While Cleaning
Wearing gloves while cleaning can help to protect your skin from harsh cleaning products. It is also a good idea to wear gloves when doing jobs such as cleaning a cat’s litter box, scrubbing mold from a shower, and cleaning the toilet to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. Even if you do wear gloves when cleaning, it is still a good idea to wash your hands when you are done.
Tidy Up After Cleaning Projects
When you are finished with a chore, it is a good idea to clean up any clutter that you left behind. Cords from vacuums left out can be tripping hazards, as can laundry baskets and rags left on the floor.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.