Five Ways to Make Laundry Day Easier for Your Mom

Few people love doing the laundry. Your mom has a harder time with laundry as she ages. Her laundry room is downstairs in the basement. The stairs are steep. Arthritis pain makes walking up and down the stairs difficult.

She may be fine on stairs, but the added weight and bulk of a laundry hamper is hard for her to manage. She might have a harder time remembering how to work her new, digital washing machine. You’re trying to figure out how to make laundry day easier for her. Here are five tips to stop laundry day from being a hassle.

Look Into a Combination Washer and Dryer

There are washing machine/dryer combinations that eliminate the need to move the load from one machine to the other. Once the wash cycle is completed, the water drains away and the drying process begins.

With a combination machine, she may still need to make the trip to the laundry room, but it’s a trip to start the wash load and get it when it’s dry. It eliminates another trip downstairs to move things over.

Talk to a Contractor About a Laundry Chute

If the laundry room is below a closet, ask a contractor about the cost of adding a laundry chute. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. You could have a hinged floor panel added that allows laundry to be dropped into a basket near the washing machine.

Invest in a Wheeled Laundry Basket

It might be easier for your mom to go up and down the stairs if she’s pulling a wheeled laundry bin. Instead of having to carry a basket, she can tow it and let the wheels do the work.

Move the Laundry Room Upstairs

Does your mom have space upstairs for a washer and dryer? If it’s possible, you could add the washer and dryer to empty space in a large closet, a mudroom, or the kitchen. If she lives in a climate where it doesn’t get cold in the winter, she could have her washer and dryer moved to an enclosed porch or placed in the garage.

In many countries, it’s normal to have a combination washer and dryer in a bathroom or kitchen. Don’t feel that your mom’s laundry room can’t be moved upstairs. It may be an easy change to make. A plumber can give you prices.

Let Caregivers Take Over on Laundry Day

The best way to help your mom is by eliminating the need for her to do the laundry. Hire caregivers to do it for her. She can have a professional caregiver stop by once a week to do the laundry for her. Caregivers can do the laundry, iron anything that needs ironing, and put things away for her. Call to learn more.

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Five Ideas for Helping Your Senior to Get Better Sleep

Is your senior feeling tired all the time? Or maybe she just doesn’t feel right? If you’ve ruled out other health issues, the problem might be that she’s not sleeping well.

Look at When She Takes Certain Medications

All medications have side effects. Some medications act as stimulants, while others have a more relaxing effect, even causing sleepiness. Pay close attention to when your senior is supposed to take each type of medication. If she’s been taking medications that have a stimulant effect too late in the day, that might affect her sleep. Talk with her doctor about swapping some of those times around.

Find Ways to Help Your Senior to Get Plenty of Exposure to Daylight

The typical circadian rhythm relies on your senior getting plenty of exposure to daylight. This is why people tend to want to sleep a lot more during the colder months, because there is a lot less daylight. Try opening blinds and curtains early in the day or spending some morning time outside with your senior. This can help her body to get the cue to “wake up” and get going.

Watch Caffeine Intake

Caffeine, like medications, can cause some strong reactions in your senior, even keeping her awake for hours longer than she wants to be awake. How much caffeine your senior takes in matters, but it also matters when she has it. Some people are so sensitive to caffeine that having one cup of coffee late in the morning can be too late for good sleep.

Schedule Naps in a Smart Way

Naps are fantastic, but they can cause problems if your senior isn’t keeping some things in mind. First, napping too late in the day is an issue because that can cause her to have trouble falling asleep for the night. If she’s napping for longer than an hour, that’s also a potential issue. Naps that are shorter and that your senior takes earlier in the day are less likely to interfere with overnight sleep.

Help Her to Find a Sleep/Wake Routine

Regular routines are important for your senior’s overall health and well-being in many areas of her life, but especially when it comes to sleep. Finding the right sleep routine can feel complicated to your elderly family member, though. If you’re not able to be there with her, it can help to have home care providers gently prompting her about what happens next in her daily schedule and helping her to stick to wake-up times, meal times, and even to sleep times.

Sleep is one of the biggest ways for your elderly family member’s body to heal itself. If she’s not getting enough sleep, it’s a good idea to talk to her doctor about what might be causing issues.

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