Streamlining the Laundry Room for Ease and EfficiencyMay 13, 2016
Elder Care in Rockland NY
Laundry is an unavoidable part of your elder care efforts for your aging parent, but it does not have to be something that you dread. Careful organization of the laundry room or area helps to make this task less daunting so that you can feel confident fitting it into your schedule. Streamlining the laundry room can also help your parent to maintain more independence in their home, helping to keep their mental and emotional health high, and support better quality of life throughout their aging years.
Use these tips to help you organize and streamline your parent’s laundry room for ease and efficiency:
Use multiple laundry baskets. Dividing laundry into loads when it comes time to wash it can be frustrating and time-consuming. Instead, make it simpler by having multiple laundry baskets or hampers designed to divide the laundry as soon as it goes into the room. Have one for whites and linens, one for colors, one for darks, and one for heavily soiled items. When you bring your parent’s hamper or laundry into the laundry area, divide them right then. You can then more easily detect when a load is ready to run through the wash or handle stain removal issues promptly.
Use smaller containers. Those enormous containers of detergent and softener are economical, but they can also be extremely difficult to use. This is especially true for seniors who have limited upper body strength, balance issues, or mobility problems. Having these large containers in the room can discourage your parent from trying to handle this task on their own. If they do try to use them, they may injure themselves or experience a fall. Consider purchasing one small container of each product and then larger containers. This will enable easy use of the products but still allow you to enjoy the savings of purchasing in bulk when you use those large containers to refill the small container as necessary.
Invest in a rolling basket. Carrying large baskets can be extremely difficult for a senior with mobility problems, balance issues, or limited strength. Having a rolling basket available enables them to fill the basket with dry laundry and then wheel it into another room where they can sit down and do the folding. This encourages them to remain active in taking care of their own home while keeping their limitations and challenges in consideration.
Avoid clutter. Discourage your parent from putting items on top of the dryer or allowing the room to get cluttered. Clothing, lint, and other items can fall behind the dryer, which can decrease the efficiency of the machine and even increase the chances of a fire. Help to avoid clutter by ensuring that there is a trashcan available to throw away the lint when cleaning out the lint trap and by encouraging your parent to put their laundry away promptly so that it does not build up in the room. If your parent routinely keeps items in this room for space purposes, invest in shelves that can help her to organize these items and keep them out of the way.
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Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.