While laundry problems may not seem like the most terrible thing to ignore, it has a huge impact on an elderly person’s living conditions, health, hygiene, appearance and self-esteem. When the dirty laundry pile is growing and there’s no incentive or ability for seniors to do it on their own, family caregivers can step in and do it themselves.
However, laundry is time-consuming and that may not always fit into a family member’s schedule. Hiring a home care provider is an excellent way for elderly adults to get the laundry done, as well as some light housework they can’t complete.
Why Clean Laundry is Important
The importance of having clean laundry—clothes, bedding and towels—is important for a person’s health and wellness. Regular washing helps to eliminate the presence of germs that can cause illnesses and disease. Respiratory infections, skin conditions, gastrointestinal illnesses and more can all be reduced with regular laundering of clothes and linens.
Appearance and hygiene are important to both physical and mental health. Poorly laundered clothes quickly get stained and yellowed, and bacteria can grow in them, causing odors. When elderly adults wear stained and grubby clothing, they don’t look their best, and therefore won’t feel their best. Neglecting appearance and hygiene is linked to poor mental health like boredom or depression.
Why Laundry is a Challenge for Some Seniors
It may not seem too difficult to toss a few items in a washing machine, but laundry can actually be quite challenging. Carrying and gathering laundry requires strong lifting ability and mobility as well. Reaching and stretching to retrieve bed linens may be difficult for aging adults who are limited. Even sorting and folding laundry can be hard for seniors with certain health issues, such as arthritis or post-stroke paralysis.
Often, the laundry appliances are located in an inconvenient part of the house such as in the basement or in another room on another floor if they live in an apartment. Plus, nobody usually sits beside the machines as they are in use, so seniors would have to go in and out frequently. All this leads up to a number of obstacles for elderly adults regarding laundry.
Home Care Providers Can Help
As part of their services, home care providers can include laundry as part of their duties. They have no problems with lifting, sorting, measuring, hanging, folding and putting away an elderly person’s laundry. They can also change out the sheets and pillowcases on the bed so there are fresh linens every week. This is just another helpful feature of having a home care provider around to assist an elderly adult so they can remain in their own home. Family caregivers will certainly feel relief when they know their aging loved one has clean laundry and compassionate care
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Chelsea, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...