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Housekeeping as a Senior

Home injuries are a leading cause of adult hospitalization, particularly for women. One of the most common ways home injuries happen is when household chores like cooking, tinkering, and cleaning go wrong.

It’s understandable that most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible—but it goes without saying that the elderly are at a greater risk of home injury. One fall can be fatal, which is why seniors should be extra careful when doing chores. Sometimes, hiring a home companion is the solution. Many home care agencies offer light housekeeping and meal preparation services to mitigate the risk of injury.

Housekeeping can be quite challenging for seniors who no longer have the energy or mobility to scrub, polish, or do laundry. Tasks like changing linens require a great deal of strength and coordination, as do yard work and property maintenance. In senior living communities, housekeeping, linen service, and maintenance are provided by a professional team.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.