According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 1 in every 7 Americans is age 65 or older. And as active as today’s seniors tend to be, many have experienced even just a slight decline in mobility, flexibility, and strength. When it comes to cleaning the house, Speed Cleaning would like to share these cleaning tool and “helper” suggestions to make the job a little easier.
- A more secure stepladder such as the Safety Step Stepladder by Little Giant would be a good choice for people who want to do home maintenance tasks but have balance issues. This stepladder has wide, slip-resistant treads and a safety bar.
- An extension pole that different cleaning tools can be attached to is handy for, well, anybody, not just seniors. An attachment for dusting the baseboards without bending down? Yep. An attachment for washing the window over the front door without teetering on a full-size ladder? Yep. Check out Speed Cleaning’s Foam-Handled Extension Versapole. They mention “Foam-Handled” in the name because that’s a rather unique and important feature for comfort and grip, especially for people with arthritis. Add the Flexible Microfiber Duster or the Multiflex Mop to the end and off you go! There are 12 cleaning tools in the Speed Cleaning online catalog that can be used with their extension pole.
- A reaching and grabbing tool assists with chores both high and low: retrieving items off the floor when decluttering, reaching behind furniture for lost items like pet toys, straightening or putting away items on high shelves, etc.
- A lightweight manual sweeper for both carpet and hard floors is an excellent way to tidy up a small area instead of taking out a full-size vacuum. They’re fairly easy to push and pull, offering a little low-impact exercise in the process!
- An ergonomic grip that can be attached to mop handles, brooms, rakes, and more gives the user better leverage and pushing/pulling control. Here is just one example from Motus Inc.
There are numerous products available specifically for this growing segment of the population, and we’ve just listed some examples here to get the thought process going. If you’ve got a tried-and-true tool to suggest for seniors, we welcome your comment!