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Breathe Easier with Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 30, 2015 1:37:27 AM

Home Care in Folsom CA

elderly-care-light-housekeeping.jpgThere are so many things that can affect how well people breathe. When you’re talking about asthma or other similar respiratory conditions, air quality makes a significant difference in life. For seniors who
may be relying on home care, it’s important to focus on keeping the house as clean as possible, especially if they have been diagnosed with asthma in the past.

It doesn’t matter whether the senior has had asthma most of their life or it’s a relatively new condition, focusing on cleanliness in the house is one way to improve air quality and also lower the risk of the senior having any type of episode that can make it difficult for them to breathe.

Below are a number of steps that can help the senior breathe easier at home with the proper level of care. If the elderly homeowner has difficulty cleaning on a regular basis, they can certainly rely on an experienced, professional home care provider to come to the home once or twice a week and assist them with this important job.

1. Dust first from the top down.

Whenever you plan on cleaning the house, it’s a good idea to begin working along the top of each room and then downward. That would include cleaning off ceiling fans, the tops of furniture, molding, door and window trim, and more. Keep working your way down using a damp cloth or rag to collect the dust.

If you don’t do this first, after you vacuum and do other cleaning projects, eventually that dust you didn’t get originally is going to work its way down and be stirred up, thus causing the person to breathe it in.

2. Use a HEPA filter.

Whenever you’re vacuuming, make sure you have a HEPA filter with it. This HEPA filter will collect a significant amount of the dust, allergens, and pollutants that could escape a regular vacuum cleaner.

Whatever you do, try to avoid bag vacuum cleaners as they allow far too much dust to get back into the air.

3. Open the windows whenever possible for at least 15 to 30 minutes a day.

Fresh air will help to remove stale air and allow a person to breathe a little easier. It may not be practical to open the windows every single day, especially for northern regions of the country, but when it gets warm it’s a good idea to open the windows in the early morning hours or evening for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

May is Asthma Awareness Month and these tips should help any senior relying on home care breathe a little bit easier.

Harmony Home Care provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.