As aging parents grow older, they may struggle to maintain their homes. Luckily, there are a range of maintenance and housekeeping services available for seniors and family caregivers who need an extra hand.
Paying for certain home services can help seniors live independently longer. Hiring someone to take care of the following services may help simplify your aging parent’s life.
1. Yard Work
Seniors may have difficulty handling lawn mowers or snow blowers. A lawn service can cover both lawn care applications and mowing. Some lawn service companies also manage snow removal in the winter. Or you may have to hire a separate snow removal service. Ensuring sidewalks and driveways are cleared of snow and ice is crucial to decrease the risk of falls.
2. Simple Repair Projects
Some older adults may lack the skills or physical ability to complete fix-it projects around the home. That’s where a handyman can come in. These projects can range from minor plumbing problems, like fixing faucets, fixtures and pipes to more complex projects, such as installing a tub, shower or grab bars in a bathroom. These professionals can fix structural issues, such as electrical outlets, walls or steps. A handyman can also repair small appliances and paint or fix doors and windows.
3. Meal Preparation
Preparing daily meals can present real challenges for your aging parents. For instance, they may be:
- At high risk for misusing a stove or other appliances while preparing food
- Unable to make themselves nutritious meals or have poor eating habits that may compromise their nutrition status and affect their health or chronic conditions
- Unable to access transportation to a grocery store
- Unmotivated to cook, as many recipes are designed to yield too much food for one or two people
There are many ways seniors can get assistance with meal preparation. They can link up with a program that offers home meal delivery either occasionally or every day. You can also hire a housekeeper or home care aide to prepare meals. A housekeeper can go to a grocery store, monitor the refrigerator and pantry for food needs, and toss out old food.
4. House Cleaning
Challenges with lifting, flexibility and eyesight can make housekeeping more difficult. A housekeeper can help keep a home clean and tidy. Hire someone to vacuum, dust, clean bathrooms, wipe down countertops and stoves, mop floors and organize closets regularly. This can make a big difference for a senior living at home.
Carrying baskets full of clothing on unsteady feet or not being able to lift much weight can make washing clothes difficult. Think about hiring a service to come once a week or every other week to wash clothes and bed linens. Or, take laundry to a wash, dry and fold service.
Work with your parent to determine the most important services that will help them in their daily lives. Adding just a few services can simplify life and provide a good environment for seniors to thrive.
Jean Cherry, BSN, WCC, MBA, works to develop clinical programs and writes for Walgreens. As a former home health nurse, Jean prides herself in helping seniors stay active in their communities and live independently at home. Assistive devices for seniors, such as mobility scooters, can be found on the Walgreens website.
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