ComForcare home care providers and clients are so grateful that April is here and spring has officially come. The days are finally growing longer and warmer again and many people are eager to be able to spend time outside again. For many, spring encourages us to be a little more active, which includes cleaning the house and the yard. While it’s wonderful to be outdoors and getting some exercise, home care providers remind people to be cautious while doing certain chores. Here are some helpful tips from Senior News: 50 and Better:
Take care with the lawn. When mowing the lawn, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Clear your lawn of stones, toys and other potentially hazardous debris before you begin, to prevent flying objects. Keep children away from your yard while you’re mowing. If mowing becomes too strenuous or difficult, consider hiring someone to help.
Climb carefully. Reduce the risk of a ladder fall by always using a stable ladder. Be sure to use the correct height ladder for the job and follow all weight restrictions. Only set ladders on level surfaces. Pay close attention to what you’re doing and climb up and down the ladder slowly and deliberately. If you feel uncomfortable at all on the ladder, home care providers from ComForcare recommend you do not use it and ask for assistance from another person.
Use caution when lifting heavy objects. When lifting those boxes in your basement and any other objects with heft, bend at the knees to avoid throwing your back out. If a chore is causing you pain, stop what you’re doing and ask for help from a family member, friend, or home care provider.
Be careful about cleaning products. Cleaning products can be extremely stringent, causing irritation to your eyes, nose and throat. If opting for natural alternatives, such as vinegar or lemons is not an option, use the harsher chemicals with care. Open all windows when using harsh cleaning products, especially ammonia. Wear gloves and consider protecting your nose and mouth with a surgical mask. Place products out of reach when you’re not using them if you have pets or small children. Cleaning the house can be a big job, so consider enlisting help from a friend, family member, or home care agency.
Take care of yourself to prevent injury. From lawn work to scrubbing floors, unusual repetitious motions can really take a toll, resulting in muscle pain or bruising. Treat your spring clean like a workout and stretch your major muscle groups before you get started. If you feel stiff or sore after a long day of reaching, bending and lifting, experts recommend minimizing physical activity, elevating an injured arm or leg, and treating the first sign of muscle pain by applying a quick absorbing topical muscle pain reliever like Arnicare Gel.
Take it easy. Spring cleaning is not a race, nor does it have to have a strict deadline. Spread your chores out over the course of multiple days or weeks and remember to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and end your long day with a relaxing bath.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
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