Household Chores & Upkeep

Homewatch CareGivers Offers Expert Tips

One of the symptoms of dementia is a person’s inability to maintain their own living environment as they did in the past. A family member acting as a caregiver may notice that their loved one with dementia is no longer keeping the yard tidy or the house neat. The reasons for this change may be that the memory loss makes it increasingly difficult for the person with dementia to stay focused on a task from beginning to end, or they may become physically exhausted or overwhelmed by raking the yard or vacuuming.

At Homewatch CareGivers®, however, our in-home care team suggests that a carefully planned, simple daily chore routine can help ease the anxieties of the person with dementia.

The first step is to determine which chores the person with dementia is still capable of doing—perhaps sweeping instead of vacuuming or folding laundry rather than putting away glassware. This is especially key in preventing a person living with dementia from experiencing a dangerous fall. Taking over the more strenuous or hazardous activities can keep them safer.

Also, engaging with these easy tasks near the end of the day can be relaxing and can help your loved one expend their energy in a controlled way that distracts them from anxiety. The physical exertion of folding laundry or dusting during the day can promote a good night’s sleep.

Even if the clothes are hanging inside out and upside down, remember the most important thing is for your loved one to maintain independence. It’s not so important that the chore is done perfectly but that they have participated.

Contact us today to learn more.