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.