Seniors that are aging in place may struggle a bit when it comes to doing household chores as they get older. Sometimes seniors develop medical conditions that can make chores difficult. Even without any underlying medical conditions, seniors can find it tougher to do chores that are also hard for almost everyone. 24-hour home care can help seniors with these household tasks including laundry and other cleaning chores. 24-hour home care provides the added benefit of having someone with them around the clock in case they need help in the middle of the night.
A Laundry Chute
If your senior parent’s home has two or more stories and it’s difficult for them to carry laundry down to the first floor or basement, installing a laundry chute can be a big help. Seniors can drop laundry from their bedroom, or towels and linens from the bathroom, directly down to where the laundry is located. That way they don’t have to carry a heavy basket down the stairs. A laundry chute can also make it much easier for 24-hour home care providers who help your senior parent to help with the laundry.
Detergent pods are much easier for seniors who have poor grip strength to manage. Picking up a heavy container of liquid laundry soap and trying to pour out a small amount for each load of laundry can be difficult for those who have arthritis or who can’t easily grip a handle. With detergent pods, your senior parent just has to toss one in the washer and the clothes will get clean. Plus, laundry pod containers are less heavy and easier for seniors to carry from the car to the house after they go shopping.
A Laundry Cart
If your senior parent lives in a single story home, a laundry cart can be a real game-changer for them. Any canvas utility cart can be used as a laundry cart. These handy carts don’t take up much room and they can fold down for storage. But they are large enough that they can hold many things including grocery bags and laundry hampers. Or your senior loved one can just throw dirty clothes, towels, or linens directly into the cart. Then they can pull the cart to the laundry room instead of having to carry a heavy basket. And when the clothes are clean they can be folded, placed back in the cart, and easily wheeled back to the bedroom to be put away.
A Laundry Basket Sling
Seniors who have two story homes and don’t want to let a home care provider or their adult children carry heavy laundry baskets, can use a laundry basket sling to safely carry a basket. The sling goes through the holes in the basket and around your senior parent’s neck and waist to securely hold the basket in front of them. Their hands are free and the basket hangs at their center point of gravity so they are more balanced walking.
If you or an aging loved one are considering 24-Hour Home Care in Hollywood, CA please contact the caring staff at Alpha Care today. Call 888-740-7023
Alpha Care is a Trusted Home Care Agency serving Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes, Culver City, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Lynwood, Rolling Hills, Malibu, Glendale, and the surrounding areas.
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