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Cleaning Tips from Home Care Providers in Colorado Springs
Aug 23, 2017 by Glenn Savage
Spring is traditionally the time for deep cleaning, but there is never a wrong time to tidy things up. In fact, when it comes to the prevention of illness, cleanliness is pretty high up on the list of importance. And, while "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" may not actually be in the Bible, it has been repeated by enough grandmothers to be given some serious consideration. Further, no home care providers worth their salt would ever dispute the critical nature of cleaning or its relationship to improving a senior's quality of life.
Cleaning Tips for Colorado Springs, CO Home Care Providers
In addition to providing direct support to seniors when it comes to cleaning and light housekeeping, Comfort Keepers home care providers also provide indirect support through training and sharing tips and tricks. Today, let's look at a couple of the most helpful cleaning tips:
- Plan. Most people do not just get into a car and start driving, nor do they walk out the door without an idea of where they are going, how they should dress, or how they will get back. Likewise, seniors should plan for their cleaning. What is it that is to be cleaned? What supplies are necessary? How much time will be needed from start to finish?
- Divide and Conquer. Along the same lines as planning, it may be helpful to divide cleaning up into stages. Some of the most popular divisions include:
- Room by room (Many people assign rooms by the day of the week).
- Top down (start with higher shelves and work your way to the floor)
- Topically (dust one day, vacuum another, do laundry on another, etc.)
- No Clutter Policy. Regardless of the cleaning schedule, clutter should never be allowed to remain on the floor, especially in walkways. This includes removing any unsecured rugs and carpets, cables, and cords. When clutter accumulates the risk of a fall greatly increases. Since falls are the single greatest reason for senior injury and injury-related death, this is a very serious concern.
- Heavy or High Equals Help. Never move heavy objects by yourself. There is a reason airlines, moving companies, etc. limit the weight of items that one person may move alone. These companies also train their personnel on proper lifting techniques and provide braces, supports, and other protective equipment. Professionals are also trained on accessing objects that are out of reach. When moving items around the home, seniors should always seek help when moving heavy objects or going after hard to reach items. An injury is never worth the short amount of time it would have taken to get help.
In short, there are many ways home care providers can help seniors with their cleaning. One of the most helpful is the sharing of knowledge. For more information on the many ways Comfort Keepers caregivers can help your senior loved one improve their independence and increase their quality of life, contact a senior care coordinator today.
Comfort Keepers Home Care is proud to serve senior care to the following areas of Colorado:
Black Forest, Briargate, Cascade, Colorado Springs, Falcon, Fountain, Gleneagle, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Plamer Lake, Peyton, Security, Widefield, Woodland Park, Woodmor