Spring’s here, which means it’s time for that dreaded chore – spring cleaning. Even seniors want a clean home, but certain tasks can be difficult for not only those who are aging, but their caregivers as well. Our San Francisco home care agency has a few tips that will help make spring cleaning a breeze, regardless of who’s taking care of those tedious tasks!
Seniors often prefer to take care of as many of the cleaning tasks as they can, because they feel more capable and accomplished. We all want to feel independent, no matter what our age.
Let’s start with the worst chore first – cleaning the windows. For many seniors, it’s important to have a clear view of the beauty of the outdoors. Bright, natural light lifts the spirits and mood, but how to accomplish clean windows without back-breaking work? Dampen a microfiber cloth with water, and enjoy sparkling, streak-free windows. Caregivers can take care of those hard-to-reach areas.
Blinds are another cleaning chore no one likes, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Now that the windows are sparkling, you want dust-free blinds. Cleaning every slat separately can take forever, but there’s an easier way. Simply put a pair of clean, old socks on some tongs, one sock on each side. All you need to do now is run the covered tongs across each slat in the blinds, squeezing them together along the way to collect the dust from top and bottom. Easy!
Cleaning the lampshades. Most seniors who live in their own homes have a few lamps that help them navigate safely while providing more light. The problem is, those lamp shades become extremely dusty over a year’s time. How to clean them easily? A lint roller works wonders, or a soft-bristled brush. Most seniors can take care of this task themselves while sitting in a chair close to the lamp, while caregivers take care of more laborious cleaning jobs.
Lime scale on kitchen and bathroom fixtures is simple to remove, no elbow grease required. The ingredients in cleaning products found at retail stores are often harsh, and aren’t always safe for seniors who have respiratory issues to use. Removing lime scale on kitchen and bathroom faucets and other fixtures can be tough, but we have an easier way. Simply soak a towel in vinegar, then wrap it around the faucet or fixture and let it sit for a few minutes. Vinegar is great for lots of cleaning tasks, and it dissolves lime scale – no scrubbing required.
These are a few spring cleaning tips we think seniors and their caregivers will find useful for those jobs that only come around once or twice a year.
At Care Indeed, we know every family caregiver needs a break. Your aging loved one may need assistance every day of the week if everyone in your family works and there is no one to provide sufficient care. Whatever your needs, our caregivers in the Bay Area are available and dedicated to making your senior’s life easier, comfortable, and more enjoyable. Call us today!