Light Housekeeping: Cleaning Help For Seniors

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Cleaning their home can be difficult for older adults due to their inability to reach high places or difficulty moving for long periods. Cleaning help for seniors can vary in service levels, but in this post, we will examine light housekeeping and what that entails specifically.

Light Housekeeping: caregiver sweeping floor and dust pan

What Is Light Housekeeping?

When looking for help cleaning for the elderly, you’ll often see the term “light housekeeping” thrown around. But what is considered light housekeeping? It’s simple. Light housekeeping is just that: light. It’s cleaning up after oneself and providing peace of mind rather than heavy cleaning.

Let’s break it down even further.

Light housekeeping duties DO include:
  • Clearing away dishes after meals
  • Drawing baths and setting out towels
  • Hang up towels and washcloths to dry or place them in the laundry.
  • Cleaning sink, bathtub, and toilet after use
  • Wiping down spills and sanitizing surfaces
  • Changing bed linens
  • Dusting off surfaces
  • Tending to house plants
  • Taking out trash
  • Cleaning up clutter
  • Sweeping and vacuuming floors
  • Organizing closets and drawers
Light housekeeping duties DO NOT include:
  • Moving furniture
  • Washing windows
  • Scrubbing carpets and floors
  • Shoveling snow
  • Mowing the grass
  • Raking leaves
House Cleaning Tips For Seniors

If you do not necessarily have the resources to hire a service, there are still steps you can take. Housekeeping for seniors can be made simpler by doing the following:

  • Use labeled bins in the refrigerator or shelves.
    • Do you have no idea where something goes? Label the bins so everything will always have a place.
    • Make sure all labels are clear and legible.
  • Relocate canned goods and nonperishable items to stackable bins or containers on your countertop.
    • Reaching toward high cabinets can put unnecessary strain on the neck and back.
    • Relocating these items to countertops will make things easier to get while keeping your kitchen décor organized.
  • Protect surfaces for easy cleanup.
    • Use plastic food wrap, such as Glad Press’n Seal, to line your refrigerator.
    • This allows for easy and quick cleanup.
  • Use your dishwasher for more than dishes
    • You can also clean food items such as potatoes and salmon.
    • Give air vents, bathroom accessories, window screens, and more the proper shine.
  • Use a broom to clean hard-to-reach areas
    • Use a cleaner in conjunction with your broom to clean high areas.
    • Prevent neck and back pain.
Light Housekeeping Checklist

Light housekeeping services for seniors include help in various areas. Here are a few ways they can clean each room.

  • Kitchen
    • Clear sink of dirty dishes by loading them in the dishwasher or hand washing
    • Dry and return dishes to their rightful place
    • Wipe and dry sinks and faucets, clean
    • Wipe down and sanitize appliances and counters
    • Take out trash
  • Bathroom
    • Lightly wash, rinse, and dry tubs and showers
    • Scrub, disinfect and wipe toilets
    • Replace used towels
  • Bedroom
    • Ensure the room stays at a comfortable temperature
    • Remove and replace soiled linens.
    • Adjust curtains and shades.

If you are looking to hire house cleaning help for seniors, AccuAid Home Care offers Homemaker Services. In addition to light housekeeping, services include grocery shopping, meal planning and prep, running errands, travel accompaniment to appointments and trips, pet care, and more.