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Cleaning Tips to Control Germs in Your Senior’s Home

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you likely already know that older adults have immune systems that are not as effective as those of younger people, making them more vulnerable to illness and infection. Keeping them protected from these illnesses and infections is a critical element of supporting their health and well-being throughout their later years.

 

Home Health Care in Modesto CA: Senior Cleaning Tips

Home Health Care in Modesto CA: Senior Cleaning Tips

 

There are many ways you can help to guard your senior from germs, including keeping their home environment as clean as possible. A clean home is important for controlling germs, but also for creating a space that is comfortable for your senior, addressing their mental and emotional needs as well.

 

Use these tips to help keep your senior’s home clean and control germs as they age in place:

-Clean regularly. Cleaning as spills and other issues happen immediately makes it easier to keep the environment healthy.

-Deep clean the home every week or every other week to thoroughly remove germs and keep the home fresh.

-Avoid cleaners made with harsh chemicals. These can be very irritating to your senior’s skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Instead, use cleaners made from more natural ingredients, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. They are highly effective and yet gentle.

-Remember areas of the home that are often overlooked but can harbor many germs, such as the drains in the kitchen and bathroom.

-Replace the filters in the air ducts regularly. Use a hypoallergenic filter to catch the most irritants and allergens in the air

-Use sanitizing wipes or sprays on the surfaces that are touched most often throughout the house, such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and telephones. Germs can remain on these hard surfaces for a day or more depending on the type of germ, so it is important to clean them regularly.

 

Many aging adults struggle with challenges that keep them from being able to take care of their home the way they used to.

A senior care provider can help them to deal with these challenges and keep their home clean, healthy, and safe. Assistance with household tasks such as laundry, dishes, and tidying can make a tremendous difference in your senior’s quality of life. This help can allow your parent to conserve their energy to focus on other things, cope with mobility issues, and even deal with the effects of cognitive functioning decline. This can help to support a healthier living environment as well as a stronger sense of independence and autonomy as your senior ages in place.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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