Housekeeping services are an oft-touted feature of senior living, and for good reason. While some residents may simply find housekeeping duties a chore to perform, there are yet others whose mobility- or memory-related issues make performing housekeeping duties difficult. This is why it is necessary that senior living communities provide housekeeping services – they’re not just a perk, they’re a necessity. Housekeeping services can even help prevent health issues for residents.
As we age, it is normal that we experience a decline in our health and mobility. This can lead to us losing the ability to perform our daily tasks as efficiently as we did before. It is more difficult for us to maintain muscle mass, healthy joints and physical coordination – all of which affects our ability to perform physical tasks. When this happens, we may need to depend on others to help us perform these tasks.
For adults with moderate or severe physical difficulties, problems can start with certain cleaning tasks. Cleaning is an immensely physical activity that requires one to put themselves in uncomfortable positions or perform heavy lifting. It also causes significant stress to joints. All of these can happen even when doing activities considered simple, such as carrying grocery bags or dusting high areas. Being unable to perform these tasks can compromise your quality of life, and straining yourself to accomplish these tasks can lead to accidents such as falls, or injuries such as broken bones. Having housekeeping services in your community means that you will no longer have to be at risk for such accidents and injuries, and gives your body a chance to rest. There are always other ways that you can get a good workout in, such as yoga!
Keeping Illness at Bay
A cleaner living space helps reduce the risk of bacterial and viral infections, leading to a more hygienic setting overall. Those with respiratory issues can also have peace of mind knowing that many communities use non-toxic cleaning products to keep the air safe. If you have any allergies or known reactions to particular substances, you can speak to the housekeeping team at your living community to find a solution. Senior living communities also take precautions and steps to ensure that the quality of air in their spaces are well-maintained.
Sprucing Up Mental Health
An aspect of health that we often don’t think about is our mental health. Having to live in neglected living conditions can take a toll on our mental health. Simply knowing that you always have a clean and comfortable place to spend your day or rest your head at night can do wonders for granting you some stability and peace of mind. A clean and well-refreshed living space can help with clarity of mind, so don’t forget the value of keeping your space well-maintained! If you’re looking for other holistic approaches to healthcare, check out our Dimensions Health & Fitness program, which provides a range of activities to keep you mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally satiated and energized.