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Are You Keeping Up with Cleanliness in Your Own Home as a Caregiver?

Caregiver Stress in Bordentown NJ

Caregiver StressHow clean is your home? Ever since you started taking care of your elderly mother or father, maybe your own home’s cleanliness has taken a backseat. That may not seem like a big deal, but as a family caregiver, the stress you feel can affect your health, so can the cleanliness of your home.

Think about mold.

Mold is one of those things that can be difficult to deal with. It’s most common in the bathroom or in other poorly ventilated areas. It can affect the kitchen, bedroom, and even the family room. It could be having a direct impact on the porch or outdoor deck.

September is Mold Awareness Month and if you’re not keeping up with the cleanliness of your home, it might not just be the carpets that are taking a toll in the aftermath of you being a primary caregiver to a loved one.

How could mold be impacting your health?

Some people may be impervious to the health effects of certain types of mold and mildew. Others may be extremely susceptible to them.

Do you find yourself waking up with puffy eyes and feeling as though allergies are getting the best of you? You might pass it off as pollen, grass, pet dander, or something else.

You may not even think it’s the mold growing in certain parts of your bathroom. You just don’t have time for this, though.

You’d like to do more to help keep your house clean, but between work and everything else you have going on, including taking care of this elderly family member, you just don’t have time. You leave not long after you wake up.

You give yourself just enough time to take a shower, get dressed, do your hair and brush your teeth, and then maybe grab a piece of toast and some coffee on your way out the door, and you don’t get back until very late at night.

You might crawl into bed completely exhausted and not even think about the cleanliness of your home. You’ll get to it; you think to yourself. But you never do.

Family caregivers are often under a tremendous amount of stress and have very little time for anything of real importance to themselves personally. If you don’t make time to keep your own home clean, it will eventually affect your health. Then, you might not be much support to anyone else.

If you need extra time, think about hiring a home care aide to help your loved one for a few hours a day, perhaps for just a couple of days a week to start.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

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Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.

The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.