Appropriate Cleaning Checklist for a Home Care Services Companion in Carmel, IN

A primary role that a home care services companion place in the home of an aging adult is helping to keep that home clean and tidy. Medical, physical and cognitive challenges can make it difficult or even impossible for your aging loved one to keep up with the responsibilities of keeping a home clean. A home care services companion is responsible for helping maintain the home, but that does not mean that she should be treated like a housekeeper. Having clear and appropriate expectations of the cleaning responsibilities of a home care services companion will help you determine what tasks you may need to take up yourself in order to keep your aging loved one in a clean and healthy environment.

Home Care Services in Carmel, INAn appropriate cleaning checklist for a home care services companion includes:

  • Washing the dishes that are used during the day by your aging loved one and the care companion
  • Doing light laundry, such as washing the linens and a load of clothing or towels each day
  • Wiping up the kitchen counters
  • Vacuuming or sleeping
  • Light dusting
  • Getting rid of clutter, such as throwing away junk mail
  • Ensuring that the senior’s dirty laundry is put in an appropriate place
  • Cleaning up after activities

The cleaning responsibilities of a home care services companion are not the main role that she is like. While this is one of the most appealing elements of home care services for many people, it is because of the combination of services that an in home care provider offers, rather than just these cleaning services. If you are in need of more intensive cleaning services, either you will need to take on these responsibilities, or hire a professional house cleaner.

Some of the responsibilities a home care services companion should not be expected to fulfill include:

  • Washing windows
  • Scrubbing floors
  • Deep cleaning the kitchen
  • Scrubbing the toilet
  • Shampooing or steam cleaning the carpet
  • Washing the dishes for the entire family the next day
  • Washing multiple loads of laundry each day, particularly if these loads also include clothing of family members other than the senior.

It is important that you are upfront with your home care services companion from the very beginning as to these cleaning responsibilities you expect to be fulfilled on a regular basis. This should be a topic of discussion in the initial interview process with a prospective home care services companion so that both of you are able to discuss your opinions and perspectives on this important aspect of the caregiving relationship. You may find that your expectations are beyond what some home care services companions are willing to fulfill. If this is the case, either contact the home care services agency and request an interview with another care provider, or hire a housekeeper to be a part of the care team.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Carmel, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.