Laundry tasks are routine for most adults, but for seniors who are struggling with physical limitations, it can seem almost impossible. Physical tasks like gathering clothing or putting it away, carrying laundry baskets, walking to the basement or laundry room, stooping and bending—all these actions may simply be beyond an elderly person’s ability. Even changing the linens on a bed can be too difficult.
Ignoring the laundry can lead health and hygiene issues, and affect an elderly person’s self-esteem and well-being. Some seniors neglect their laundry because they are limited physically, while others may refuse to do it or Family caregivers can hire a homecare provider to take care of their elderly relative’s laundry, as well as any other tasks they may need help with.
Some elderly adults neglect their laundry because they physically cannot do it. In those instances, they often feel helpless and worried. Others refuse to do it for any number of reasons. Among the most common issues that elderly adults have with doing laundry are lethargy from depression, control issues, dulled sense of smell and sight, and cognitive impairment. When one or more of these happen, it can cause the aging loved one to refuse to do the laundry.
Clean laundry is important to an aging adult’s health and wellness. Clothes and linens absorb dirt and body oil, making it a perfect environment for bacteria and germs. Fabrics also get grubby and wrinkled when they go for too long without being laundered. Without clean laundry, seniors open themselves up to illnesses and diseases, skin conditions, urinary tract infections and more. Also, they won’t feel as good about themselves if they don’t look clean or if they smell. Hiring a homecare provider can eliminate the dirty laundry problem once and for all.
Homecare providers are happy to come in and take care of the laundry for their aging clients. They can strip the bedding and run everything through so it’s clean a fresh. Then they will remake the bed so it is ready for the elderly adult that night. Homecare providers can also take care of the aging adult’s clothing as well, from gathering and sorting it to getting it washed, dried, folded and put away. Of course, elderly adults can take on any of the steps in the process they would like, which helps them feel more self-sufficient.
It can be very difficult for elderly adults to adjust to the fact that they need assistance for some of the tasks around the house they’ve been doing for decades. Hiring a professional and compassionate homecare provider is one way of making sure the aging adult is taken care of. When laundry is becoming one of several challenges that elderly adults face, the homecare provider can relieve them of that stress and ensure they are clean and confident.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services near Strasburg PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author