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House Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Senior Care in North Houston, TX

Senior-Care-in-North-Houston-TXThere are essentially two separate approaches to housecleaning, each of which is equally appropriate for seniors living at home and receiving elder care services. To keep your loved ones from getting overwhelmed by the sometimes gargantuan tasks, you may want to discuss the possibilities with them and then let them choose what works best.

One way to approach housework is to do it, essentially, by the task. So, for example, if your senior lives in a 3 room apartment of which 2 rooms are carpeted, using the vacuum might be one task and then mopping the hardwood floor might be another one. Or, if dusting, they dust the whole house as one task. A general breakdown of tasks might be: floor care, dusting, wiping down baseboards and surfaces and countertops, and then taking care of bathrooms.

The other basic way to approach housework is to divide it by room rather than by task. In this instance, then, your senior would do all of those jobs in a single room in a single day and rotate rooms throughout the week. This way, although the kitchen may be a mess, the bedroom is completely done (for example).

Neither of these approaches is "wrong" nor right, but simply a matter of personal preference.

Once they have decided how they are going to approach the task, the next step is to ensure they have the right tools for the jobs they need to do. Given that a lot of bending, stooping, and climbing are probably not in their best interests, they will certainly need a vacuum that has the ability to reach high and get down low. A lightweight one with a wand is probably best. And there are specific dusting vacuums that are made for hardwood or linoleum floors that may be exactly what your senior needs for those rooms. If your elderly loved one has limited mobility or arthritis, just as examples, consider a home care provider to assist with these light cleaning duties and other tasks of daily living.

Disposable dusting cloths are another great tool for seniors, and some of these now come with extension poles to reach even higher up. However, a senior should avoid using a stepladder at all costs, as a fall can be devstating to their health or potentially worse. A home care provider can take over the light cleaning that requires the use of a stepladder, and take the stress out of cleaning the home for your loved one.

While these tips are helpful for seniors who are still able to care for their homes, and for family caregivers who may use them as well, if your senior has difficulty caring for themselves or their home, contact SYNERGY Home Care of Houston to discuss hiring a home care provider who can help with all aspects of aging in place.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care in North Houston, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

Chad Jolley

As the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston and as a son trying disparately to find help for his parents, Mr. Jolley has worked within the senior healthcare field for over a decade. Beginning his work overseeing the care of his father who became critically ill following a stroke in 2004, he has continued to develop his expertise by aiding seniors, adult disabled and veterans in their search for truly compassionate and dependable care through SYNERGY HomeCare. Mr. Jolley received his designation as a Certified Senior AdviserĀ in 2007 and continues to use his years of knowledge and experience to help other families find the care and peace of mind they need.

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