Living in a home where cleaning has been neglected can sap your energy and put your safety at risk. Thankfully, Home Care cleaning services are available to help you with those challenging tasks, allowing you to live comfortably – and independently – longer.
When aged care researchers in the United States looked at how the cleaning habits of older people living independently changed over time, they found an interesting trend. As tasks became more difficult, people began carrying them out less and less often before finally giving up all together. The most difficult cleaning chores for older people were vacuuming, tidying, changing bed linen, washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the toilet, taking out the rubbish, and general cleaning. People living alone tended to have more trouble than married couples with heavy housework like mopping and making the bed.
As we age, maintaining a presentable home becomes more difficult for just about everyone. Bodies that once had no trouble stooping down and picking up clutter or mopping floors start to twinge and sometimes acquire injuries. Giving the bathroom a good clean becomes a major challenge, let alone cleaning those hard to reach places like ceiling fans or high shelves. Medical issues like stroke, broken bones, dementia, and poor balance further complicate things.
Cleaner homes are safer
While it’s totally understandable that we’re less able to keep the house and garden in order as we age, it’s important that someone undertakes the housework. A dusty or unkempt home tends to sap the energy for those who live there and, if things slide too far, the environment can even rob people of their dignity and ability to live independently. It can also pose health and safety issues, both from a bacterial point of view and because of the added risk of tripping that comes from items not being tidied away.
The good news is that the Australian Government provides funding to elderly Australians so that they can access subsidised cleaning services provided by trusted contractors. Visit the myagedcare.com.au website to find out more about the Home Care Packages and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. Home Care Packages provide individuals with funding of between $8000 and nearly $50,000 per year for home-based support services, depending on their level of need. The services are delivered by registered service providers such as BaptistCare, who have rigorous screening and quality controls. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides funding for people on low incomes. Meanwhile, those who don’t qualify for funding can pay for services out of their own pockets, knowing that these businesses offer regulated and tested aged care services.
Cleaning services from BaptistCare
BaptistCare has long provided older Australians with affordable and reliable cleaning services that improve the quality of their lives and allow them to live independently for longer. People looking for help with cleaning often use the ‘House Proud’ suite of services on BaptistCare’s YouChoose app as a starting point. It includes housekeeping services (such as mopping, bedmaking and ironing), gardening care (such as mowing and weeding) and meal preparation.
The beauty of BaptistCare’s solution is that people can tailor it to their exact needs. If someone is comfortable making their own meals but wants help ironing, they can simply select the ironing service. Outside of Home Care, the range of cleaning services available from BaptistCare includes: shampooing and steam cleaning; preparing homes for sale; general domestic cleaning including housekeeping services; contaminated cleaning; spring cleaning and de-cluttering; end of lease cleans; kitchen and oven cleaning; and window washing.
So, don’t live in a cluttered or overwhelming environment unnecessarily. Choose the cleaning service that best suits you and spend more time on the activities that really matter to you.
If you or a loved one is interested in BaptistCare aged care cleaning services, contact the BaptistCare Customer Engagement Centre on 1300 275 227 or visit www.youchoose.org.au.
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