Homemaker Services are services that help a person manage general cleaning and household activities. These services consist of general household activities (meal preparation and routine household care) intended to maintain an adequate living environment.
Allowable homemaking tasks are limited to:
- Meal preparation
- Shopping for necessities, including groceries
- Arranging transportation
- Errand running
- Social/emotional support offered in conjunction with the performance of tasks
- Light Housekeeping
- Observing, reporting, and recording any changes in the participant’s home environment and reporting it to the care manager
At, A Friend In Need Home Care, a common request is an assistance with light housekeeping. But, this is difficult to define, as each person’s expectations for housekeeping are as individual as the person! Because of this, we find that a lot of misunderstandings can come from this one task.
What is Light Housekeeping?
Light housekeeping is just one of the overall tasks AFINHC’s caregivers provide. The duties you can expect are those necessary to keep your home orderly so you can enjoy a safe, livable environment. You are encouraged to describe to your caregiver your preferences and priorities for cleaning, especially if your caregiver is limited in their time in your home.
Examples of Light Housekeeping from your AFINHC caregiver may include any of the following:
- Changing bed linens
- Prep and serving dishes/pans will be cleaned and put away
- Wipe down of kitchen counters and other kitchen surfaces wiped
- Removing expired food from the refrigerator
- Wiping down bathroom countertops, mirrors, sinks, shower/tub
- Maintenance-level cleaning of toilet
- If a toileting accident occurs, cleaning immediate area as needed
- Watering plants
- Gathering trash and taking the trash to the collection spot
- Vacuuming and sweeping of general living space and walkways
- Organizing bedroom and kitchen drawers and closets
- Tidying the general living space
- Retrieving the mail and mailing letters
Tasks that are not part of AFINHC’s light housekeeping services include:
- Washing windows
- Dusting under or behind beds/furniture*
- Moving heavy furniture
- Deep cleaning or shampooing carpets or scrubbing floors
- Cleaning excessive toilet-area matter
- Scrubbing of shower/ tub walls
- Home repairs
A general rule: if the task requires the caregiver to get on hands and knees, ladders, or move furniture it is NOT within the scope of Home Health Care Services. All Household services must be essential to health care at home.
Because a clean, well-organized home is essential for health and overall well-being, light housekeeping duties can be included in a caregiver’s routine responsibilities. However, personal care and companion care must be assigned a higher priority, and our caregivers can only commit 20% of their shifts to household help for seniors.
Additionally, light housekeeping is restricted to the client and the client’s living space and is not intended to address the needs of other household members.
A Friend In Need Home Care is not a professional housekeeping service and our caregivers do not have special housekeeping training.
AFINHC caregivers do not bring housekeeping supplies or products with them. Your caregiver can take you grocery shopping so you can get your preferred cleaning supplies.
You may ask, “What if my home needs more deep-cleaning or special cleaning which isn’t part of the AFINHC services?”
If your home requires cleaning outside of what we offer, AFINHC can connect you to a professional housekeeping service for those needs. The AFINHC caregivers can help you maintain your home’s cleanliness going forward. Please call the office for referrals to a professional housekeeping company.
What about Light Yard Work?
If you have light yard work requests, please call the AFINHC office to describe what you need. AFINHC has a few caregivers who enjoy light yard work and they may be available when you place your request. This can include re-potting of plants, tidying a flower garden in the spring, and sweeping off porches. Light yard work does not include mowing, raking leaves, heavy equipment, shoveling sidewalks, or pulling weeds. If your yard needs significant work, AFINHC can refer you to a professional landscaping/ yard work company.