Home Care in Darien, CT
No one likes to have their home filled with dust, and if you are caring for your aging parents, this unsightly nuisance can actually be a risk to their health. Dust is not just an allergen, it can also contain a variety of potentially hazardous components including dirt, bacteria, fungi, viruses, dead skin, animal dander, and chemical residue. Seniors tend to have lower immune systems, making them more vulnerable to the health concerns associated with breathing in these components, and less capable of fighting off or recovering from sickness and infection. Removing dust from the home and preventing it from building up can dramatically improve your parents' health and wellbeing, improving their overall quality of life.
Try these tips to make battling dust in your parents' home part of your regular home care routine, and be sure to share them with your seniors' in home health care services provider so that you can work together to keep your parents' home cleaner and healthier:
• Remove the clutter. Your parents may love their knick-knack collections, but they can be breeding grounds for dust. Clear out as much clutter as possible so there are fewer surfaces, nooks, crannies, and corners for the dust to build up and hide in. This does not mean that you have to take away all of their collectibles or that their home needs to be barren, but not having all of the flat surfaces filled with items helps keep the dust from collecting and makes it easier to remove the dust that does build.
• Use doormats. Place commercial grade doormats outside of all doors so that people wipe their feet before entering the home. Dirt on shoes is a leading cause of dust in the home, so these doormats will help to keep the contaminants outside where they belong.
• Use air purifiers. Air purifiers can do a lot of your dusting for you. These machines draw the air from the room inside them, remove particles, and then release the clean air back into the room. Place one of these air purifiers in each of the most used rooms of the home and make sure that you change the filter as frequently as necessary to ensure that they machine works properly and that you are actually getting the benefits from them.
• Do not soften your cleaning cloths. If you use rags or cleaning cloths when dusting and cleaning the house, wash these separately and do not use any fabric softener in the wash or dryer sheets in the drying cycle. These products make the fabric less able to hold onto dust particles or to absorb liquids, reducing their ability to clean effectively.
• Start at the top. Dust is not just a bottom of the room issue. Make sure that you also dust higher items such as ceiling fans, the top of furniture, and above windows to remove dust hiding there. Start your cleaning on these upper surfaces so that dust that is displaced during the cleaning process drifts down to the floor and gets picked up during the lower cleaning portion.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Darien, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.