Why You Should Call A Certified Cleaning Service to Assist Your Senior Loved One
One of the most difficult challenges faced by senior citizens is keeping their home clean and presentable. Senior home cleaning services help with the chores that can grow increasingly impossible as your loved one grows older. Cleaning chores that were once merely bothersome such as mopping floors, scrubbing toilets, dusting, and vacuuming can become physically exhausting or even dangerous, as it can lead to accidents or falls. Indeed, many seniors move out of their homes and into assisted living facilities simply because the task of keeping a house clean has become too difficult or harmful to their health.
Many elderly parents will be resistant to the idea of moving out of their long-time homes or changing their lifestyles. It can be tricky to balance doing what is in their best interests and honouring their wishes.
A home cleaning service can alleviate this stress and allow your loved ones to stay in the home they have always known. Moreover, these days there are a great many different types of house cleaning services, allowing you to select the one that is perfect for your Mom or Dad. Nobody wants to see his or her parents living in a dirty or cluttered home. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way. This article aims to serve as an introduction to senior cleaning services.
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Hiring someone to assist with routine cleaning chores is a great way to help seniors to stay independent and to continue living in the home they know and love. Although there are wide varieties in the services available, the main objective of any senior cleaning service is to ensure your parents are living in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. Below are several characteristics that many senior cleaning services have in common and that may help bring peace of mind with regards to the decision to seek help.
Home Cleaning Training
A top notch cleaning service proudly promotes the housekeeping instruction given to its employees in the training room as well as on-site. The training may include things like a review of washing instructions for different fabrics, an explanation of the harms and effects of the chemicals used in major cleaning products, and what aspects to look for when cleaning a room thoroughly. Our cleaners are trained to rid the household of perishable products including expired foods. Such practices, such as following our detailed checklist, enables each cleaner to do a thorough job every time they visit.
Adaptation & Flexible Schedules
Home cleaning services aim to please, which is why they are very good at taking into account a client’s wishes. Some seniors like cleaning tasks completed a certain way with their chosen cleaning products, while others would prefer the cleaning company to make these decisions. Others are particular about the placement of objects and arrangement of furniture. A good cleaning company will make a note of all these particulars and if it would help your loved ones to feel more comfortable, and can arrange it so that the same cleaning staff members come to their home each week.
Cost of Home Cleaning Services
Cost is a major consideration when trying to decide whether or not you should hire a senior cleaning service. Most elderly citizens live on very fixed incomes and cannot splurge for a full-time maid. Fortunately, most house cleaning services offer price quotes based on the particular chores you need to be accomplished and the size of the area involved.
Maybe all that your parents need is for someone to come around once a week and mow the lawn or do a load of laundry. Or maybe you just want a team of cleaners to come once or twice a year for an extensive deep cleaning procedure. The cost of a home cleaning service can vary greatly depending on what chores need to be done. You can request as minimal or as lavish of a housekeeping package as you would like.
Many elderly people are wary of strangers entering their homes. Some seniors are evenly openly hostile to any outsider trying to clean their home. There is often a deep-rooted distrust of the idea of giving another person free reign in your home. Perhaps the stranger is a thief; perhaps they are a klutz. Or maybe your Mom or Dad will simply hate any cleaning style that differs from how they used to clean.
The majority of senior home cleaning services are well aware of the many hesitations, cautions and, concerns of their clientele. That is why most cleaning services do their utmost to assure seniors that their service is safe and efficient.
One of the best ways to ascertain the reputation of a house cleaning service is to ask about the screening processes they use when hiring cleaners. A respectable service will always conduct thorough criminal background checks on a new hire to weed out potential scam artists and thieves. Too many scam artists take advantage of an elderly citizen’s honest need for assistance in order to rob them of valuables such as jewelry and heirlooms.
Licensed & Bonded
Another mark of a high-quality cleaning company is the regularity with which they conduct vulnerable persons and criminal record checks. It is a sad state of affairs indeed but since the job of a housekeeper does not require any sort of special education or degree, many dropouts and addicts are attracted to the profession. Without ensuring its employees are insured, bonded, and security checked, a company risks hiring someone who may be unreliable, unethical, and/ or may put your loved ones at risk.
Performance Review and Feedback
These days, just about every company is beholden to customer reviews. Up-to-date comments and feedback are the best way to ensure that customers are getting what they paid for. The caregiving and housekeeping industry in Edmonton is no different. Peer reviews and customer feedback are both excellent ways to research the reputation of a company offering senior home care services.
Moreover, honest feedback helps the service to ensure its employees perform tasks completely and efficiently. However, you should bear in mind that not all old people are tech-savvy enough to post a consumer review online. A lot of the comments and criticisms will most probably be posted by the family or other loved ones in charge of caring for the senior.
In addition to a basic level of trustworthiness and effectiveness, a lot of cleaners offer slightly different methods for providing elderly people with care to better provide the customer what he or she wants. These variations in style allow you to select a senior cleaning company best suited for your parents. Harmony Caregiving and provide light housekeeping to complete senior care, Those are our most popular housekeeping options, but we truly care about you and your loved one and can customize the care that best meets you and your loved one’s needs. Both of these types of cleaning service are very popular and have received widespread praise.
Most seniors are not totally disabled- they just need a little bit of help. Light housekeeping services allow you to pick and choose what tasks your mom or dad requires to be completed. Perhaps your parents can no longer bend down to put a load of laundry in the washer and dryer, and perhaps they can’t get down on their knees to scrub a toilet. Light housekeeping services come at least once or twice a week to make sure that your parents are not living in unsanitary conditions. We use 100% green cleaning products that do not contain harmful chemicals and toxins. Your loved one will breathe with ease and not have to worry about any breathing difficulties due to air quality with using our 100% green products.
More Than Just Home Cleaning Services
Our senior home cleaning services are a wonderful program that not only helps your elderly parents maintain a presentable home; it also makes use of in-home senior care services to provide a senior with companionship and regular social interactions. Harmony Caregiving matches the personality of your Mom or Dad with that of their home cleaning service caregiver in order to establish the best possible chance of friendship.
Tasks performed by home cleaning service caregivers may include taking your parent to a doctor’s appointment, accompanying him or her on errands, and perhaps even helping out with the task of preparing a healthy meal. While at a senior’s home in Edmonton, the caretaker will also subtly check to make sure that your parents have enough food in the fridge and to see if any medications need to be refilled.
For more information about the attributes of any particular cleaning service, contact us to learn how Harmony Caregiving can help.
Why You Should Use A Senior Home Cleaning Service
Employing a cleaning service at the home of your loved ones is an invaluable way to ensure their safety and happiness. Many seniors are too proud to admit that they need help or to acknowledge that they are no longer able to live entirely on their own. The reason why people hire senior cleaning services is to allow elderly citizens to remain at home as long as possible.
Another major reason to use a cleaning service is that it allows your mom or dad to keep up appearances. Social relations and public appearances are still quite important, even as you grow older. A messy house can prevent a senior from inviting his or her friends over for lunch or cards. Similarly, dirty clothes can make an elderly person too embarrassed to go into town and complete necessary errands like grocery shopping or visiting the doctor here in Edmonton.
In addition to laundry, a senior housekeeping service can perform a great number of tasks, depending on what your mom or dad needs.
Senior Home Cleaning Service Chores Include:
- Laundry Services – wash, dry and put away the laundry
- Changing Bed Linens – wash, dry & change bed linens, flip mattress
- Kitchen including cleaning out fridge and checking for spoiled foods
- Floor, wall and baseboard washing
- Washroom Cleaning – Including tub, shower, vanity, toilet, floors, garbage and mirrors
- Vacuuming floors, stairs, hallways, under couches
- Dusting treasures
- Cleaning out cupboards
- Organizing & de-cluttering & moves
- Sweeping and mopping
- Washing dishes
- Wiping down counter tops, stoves, microwaves, etc.
- Taking out the trash
- Yard care
- General tidying up
In addition, housekeeping services allow you to request a number of specific duties such as the preparation of meals or performing errands like grocery shopping. Elderly people are not known for their ability to stick to a healthy diet. Indeed, many simply forget to eat. Others prefer to snack rather than go through all the effort involved with cooking a meal. Hiring a cleaning service can reassure you that your mom or dad is eating enough and that their food is not going expired.
Finally, cleaning services can help a senior to prepare weekly or monthly medication trays, then check to make sure all the pills were taken.
Benefits For Your Family
Housekeepers for senior citizens provides you peace of mind. The greatest benefit of having a home cleaning service is that they can check in on your mom or dad regularly and unobtrusively. You may live too far away or be too busy with work to visit you parents every day. But having a cleaner frequently visit their house can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved ones are healthy and living in a clean environment.
The best way to determine the best cleaning service for your parents is to talk to your friends or coworkers to learn about any possible companies they have employed. Keeping a loved one’s house clean is important but so too is knowing that the cleaners are trustworthy and professional. You can also find this information out by searching for online reviews of cleaning companies.
Benefits To Your Loved One
Elderly housekeeping services provide comfort and peace of mind. Your loved one will feel great living in their clean and tidy home in Edmonton and area. A house cleaning service can provide seniors with the comfort of a well-maintained home as well as the confidence to invite guests over. Keeping social is an extremely important part of keeping an elderly person mentally healthy- especially if he or she has recently seen dear ones pass away.
A cleaning service can provide practical advantages as well. Senior citizens are very prone to hurting themselves while trying to clean. They can become injured by bending the wrong way or by slipping on a wet floor. Approximately up to 30% of elderly persons who fall sustain injuries that inhibit their ability to move around freely.
The increasing number of professional cleaners trained in housekeeping for the elderly also means that if the dynamic between your parents and housekeeper is not as great as it should – due to personality differences, quality concerns, etc. – there are other candidates available for the job.
A senior cleaning service can provide your loved ones with a sparkling home and clean clothes, as well as offer him or her frequent check-ups and companionship. It offers a compromise between your parents’ desire to continue living in their own home and your desire to make sure they are healthy and safe. In fact, the reason the niche market of cleaning services aimed at seniors is growing so rapidly is because it so greatly benefits everyone involved especially your loved one because of all the complementary senior services offered by Harmony Caregiving. Get started today with a free no obligation in-home consultation.