Senior Care in Lakewood NJ
Keeping your parent’s home clean might not be your favorite part of your senior care journey with your elderly loved one, but it is one of your most important tasks. Helping your parent handle the tasks of keeping her home clean is vital to protecting her health as well as supporting improved quality of life through less stress, greater comfort, and greater likelihood that she will welcome visitors into the home, increasing her social interaction.
Whether you do the vast majority of the cleaning for your senior, she handles much of it and you just assist with the more challenging tasks, or you and her senior health care services provider team up to ensure that your parent’s home stays at its best, there are some cleaning tasks that are going to be more difficult than others. These can get frustrating and may even make you feel like you are unable to get the best results for your elderly parent. Fortunately there are a few tricks that you can use to handle the difficult cleaning tasks that you encounter throughout the home so that your parent can enjoy a fresher, more comfortable space, and you do not have to feel like you are spending all of your time trying to tackle cleaning challenges. These tricks simplify the cleaning tasks so that your parent can even get in on the cleaning for a boost in her mental health and a greater sense of involvement and purpose.
Try some of these tricks to simplify some of the more challenging cleaning tasks through your parent’s home:
• Mini-blinds. These are great for giving your senior privacy and helping regulate the temperature in her home for better energy regulation, but they quickly pick up dust, dirt, lint, and pet hair. They are also notorious for being difficult to clean, especially wooden versions that do not have the added benefit of flexibility in the slats that make it easier for you to move them as you clean them. Simply wrap a flat head screwdriver in a rag lightly sprayed with cleaner and push the screwdriver through the slats, moving it back and forth to clean them.
• Faucets. Battling the water spots and toothpaste residue on bathroom faucets can seem like a never-ending struggle, but you can easily brighten up the metal and help to ward off more spots with just some rubbing alcohol. Rub it across all of the metal pieces of sinks with a cloth or cotton ball to bring out the shine and make the surface more resistant to other spots. You can also use rubbing alcohol to clean up a mirror quickly.
• Keyboards. A computer keyboard can quickly gather dust, dirt, crumbs, and other debris from regular use. You can purchase canned air that you blow into the keys, but this does not always work and can be very expensive. Instead, combine 2 tablespoons of white school glue with 1 tablespoon of water in one bowl and 4 tablespoons of borax and 4 tablespoons of water in another. Quickly mix both bowls together until putty forms. Lay this putty across the keyboard, let it sit for several seconds, and then peel it up to remove everything between the keys without damaging the device. This putty is also amazing for cleaning in corners or hard to reach areas like carved details in wood.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home senior care in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)