Older adults are a rapidly growing portion of the population thanks in part to a longer life span but they are also an ignored group as they age and their everyday needs become harder to meet. Many grown adults with children of their own, ignore their responsibilities to their own families as well as their responsibilities to parents who may live further away.
Many older adults are overall healthy and by no means ready for assisted living care but they fall into that murky area somewhere between needed care and being independent still.
If your parents are still able to function and their quality of life is good and you don’t feel you need to consider an assisted living home yet but worry about their level of self care, there are other ways you can make sure they are getting the help and care they need that aren’t intrusive.
A housekeeping service is one way to help ensure your parents don’t have to deal with the difficult task of house cleaning while also ensuring their home is kept clean. Most maid services are happy to work with you-even from a distance to arrange specific cleaning help for your elderly parents.
This can mean a basic service of vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the toilets, sinks and tubs or doing a more extensive service to include cleaning windows, doing laundry, making beds and washing dishes. You can even do a mix and match and have more extensive services rotated weekly so your parent’s home is always cleaned without an extensive and unnecessary spring cleaning every time.
How much or how little you need to have a maid service into your parent’s home will depend on their needs and your budget but a commercial maid service is an effective method to make sure your parents know you care and are doing everything you can long distance to take care of them.
You can even set up a schedule ahead of time so your parents know when to expect service to their home ahead of time and if you are uncomfortable with a rotating staff of cleaners coming into the home you can talk to the service about having a dedicated crew so the same people are in each time.
If you are long distance you may get some peace of mind by scheduling a home visit after a house cleaning visit to ensure your parent’s home is being cleaned to your standard and expectations as well as theirs.
There are a lot of benefits to providing a maid service to your parents including the peace of mind you will get knowing you are helping to keep your parents independent in their own home for as long as possible. You may even help extend their life span because they won’t have to stress about the small things and can focus on the big things like their health.