Most dependent seniors who live at home need help with domestic duties. For example, an elderly loved one may have trouble keeping up with the physical demands of household chores like vacuuming, changing the bed linens, and taking out the garbage. Or they may worry that even light housekeeping could lead to a fall or overexertion. Or perhaps cognitive impairment is making it difficult to maintain a regular cleaning schedule.
With light housekeeping and domestic services, your elderly loved one can enjoy the sense of well-being that comes from living in a clean, safe, and organized home. Hiring household help for seniors can make a tremendous difference and enable your loved one to live independently at home for as long as possible.
Light housekeeping includes routine activities that keep a home clean, safe, and well-organized. In addition to every day cleaning services, such as dusting, vacuuming, and emptying the trash, light housekeeping includes tasks like watering plants, picking up clutter, tending to laundry, and organizing closets.
Light Housekeeping Services by LivHOME
At LivHOME, our caregiving services can cover a wide range of activities in the home, from vacuuming and washing dishes to changing bed linens and de-cluttering closets.
Maintaining a regular household cleaning schedule is fundamental to keeping a home tidy and safe. A caregiver can help with routine house cleaning duties, such as:
- Organizing closets
- Watering plants
Cleaning a bathroom helps prevent the spread of bacteria and other harmful pathogens. It also helps ensure your elderly loved one can use the sink, toilet, and shower safely, free from the clutter and spills that often cause falls. In-home cleaning services for seniors generally include:
- Cleaning the toilet
- Scrubbing the sink, shower, and tub
- Wiping the vanity
- Mopping the floor
- Freshening towels
A clean, tidy bedroom is conducive to a good night’s sleep. In-home housekeeping for seniors can help your elderly loved one with a variety of different bedroom cleaning tasks, including:
- Washing clothes
- Ironing and folding clothes
- Changing bed linens
- Making the bed
- Arranging closets
Many seniors have difficulty keeping up with daily kitchen chores. As a result, dishes may go unwashed and food may spoil. House cleaning for seniors often includes essential kitchen tasks such as:
- Taking out the trash
- Washing dishes
- Putting away groceries
- Throwing away expired food items
Taking care of a pet can be mentally and physically demanding. A caregiver can help with pet care by:
- Feeding the pet
- Giving the pet water
- Walking the pet
- Taking the pet to the vet/groomer
Frequently Asked Questions
Caring for someone as they age is challenging, and you may be wondering how your elderly loved one can continue to live independently at home if they can’t keep up with daily household chores. LivHOME is here to help determine which light housekeeping services are right for you.
Q: How Much Time Can Be Spent on Housekeeping Services?
Because a clean, well-organized home is essential for a senior’s health and overall well-being, light housekeeping duties can be included in a caregiver’s routine responsibilities. However, personal care and companion care must be assigned a higher priority, and our caregivers can only commit 20% of their shifts to household help for seniors.
Q: Is Every Caregiver Able to Provide Light Housekeeping Services?
Light housekeeping duties can be included in a caregiver’s routine responsibilities; however, expectations need to be clearly defined. If your elderly loved one has considerable cleaning needs, you may want to consider hiring a housekeeper.
Q: What Type of Household Duties Do Caregivers Not Provide?
LivHOME caregivers can only commit 20% of their shifts to light housekeeping services. Please note: These types of services are NOT included:
- Mowing the lawn
- Climbing ladders
- Washing windows
- Cleaning the garage
- …Please ask for further clarification.
LivHOME care managers will work with you and your loved one to find help for any caregiving needs that exceed our light housekeeping capabilities.