For people in their golden age, a professional cleaner does much more than simply clean a home. From offering some social interaction to providing an informal wellness check, investing in a cleaning service can be invaluable.
In this post, Miller’s Well-Kept Services, a leading cleaning company in Erie, PA, looks at four benefits of cleaning services for seniors. Whether you’re a retiree looking for a bit of assistance around the house or you have a parent that needs help keeping tidy in their home, this piece can help you make your decision about hiring a professional cleaner.
1. Increase Social Interaction
Chronic loneliness is a major problem for seniors in the United States. Many people refer to this lack of social interaction for elderly people as the “silent killer.” In fact, Health Resources & Services Administration found that loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Case in point: Social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. Even more specifically, social isolation is associated with a:
50% increased risk of dementia
29% increased risk of heart disease
32% increased risk of stroke.
400% increased risk of death
68% increased risk of hospitalization
57% increased risk of emergency department visits
Conversely, a study found that those with strong social relationships had a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival over their socially isolated counterparts. This finding remained consistent across age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period.
All these facts and figures are to say, it’s absolutely essential that older adults have regular, high-quality social interactions. Hiring a friendly, respectful home cleaner can be an excellent way to add social interaction to your day or your loved one’s day.
2. Reduce Accidents
Cleaning requires a lot of movement and potentially slippery surfaces. Considering that around three million seniors are hospitalized each year due to falls, removing any unnecessary risk factors is important. In conjunction with having a professional cleaner handle the deep cleaning, you should also consider:
Adding handrails in the bathroom
Using non-slip mats in tiled areas
Removing rugs that could cause trips
Replacing tables with glass tops
Installing an elevated toilet or toilet seat
There are also a lot of chemicals in cleaning products. If an older adult misuses them, there could be a variety of severe side effects. That said, keeping everything but the necessities out of the house can reduce the risk of harmful accidents.
3. Improve Cleanliness
No matter your age, having a professional cleaner helps improve the overall cleanliness of your home. But for seniors, cleaners are able to get to the hard-to-reach areas that might otherwise be inaccessible. Spaces such as behind the toilet, under beds, and behind furniture can get messy quickly if left unattended. When you use a professional cleaning service, you can expect:
A deep clean provides more than just a spotless home. In fact, keeping a clean house can elevate your mood, increase productivity, and improve your mental health!
Improving the cleanliness of a home can also improve the overall air quality inside. Reason being, dust and dirt won’t get sucked back into the HVAC system when the heat or air conditioning is on. Instead, you can breathe easy knowing the air circulating throughout your home is clean and clear.
4. Minimize Mold
Mold is a common household problem, but it doesn’t mean it’s an easy one to solve. To help keep you or your loved ones safe from its harmful effects, have a professional cleaner come over and eliminate the issue with the right cleaning solutions.
Mold often grows in hard-to-reach places, making it exceptionally difficult for seniors to eliminate it without endangering themselves. And when mold starts to grow, it spreads rapidly, so it’s crucial that you address it quickly. For an elderly person, a spot of mold could go unnoticed, and having a professional cleaner in the home regularly can be a huge help.
Hire a Friendly Cleaner
Whether you or your loved ones are basking in the golden years, it’s important to consider the usefulness of a home cleaner. They’re fast, effective, and affordable. Additionally, they can provide social interaction, help you maintain a hazard-free environment, and improve the home’s overall cleanliness.
But with a bit of help from the right people, you can increase safety and cleanliness at the same time. Contact us today to schedule a full clean for yourself or a loved one.
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