Most seniors want to age in their own homes but, many will need a little help doing so. That help might be as simple as installing a few grab bars around the house or signing up for a meal prep service. For some, help will come from hiring a housekeeping or cleaning service.
Is your senior loved one struggling to keep a tidy home? Are they unable to clean as thoroughly as they once could? If you’re thinking about hiring a housekeeping or cleaning service for your aging family member, then consider these 5 tips for hiring the best!
Tip 1: Get referrals.
Do you have a friend or other family member who has used cleaning services in the past? Ask them about it! Find out the name of the company and what they liked (or didn’t like). If they were happy with their service, then chances are they’ll have a business card to share with you as well!
Tip 2: Research the company.
Even though many housekeeping and cleaning services get most of their business by word of mouth, it’s still best to conduct a bit of your own research. Check out the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. How many stars do reviewers give them on websites like Google or Yelp? Beware of businesses with lots of user complaints!
Tip 3: Interview the cleaner.
You have the right to interview anyone who is doing work inside your home (or your senior loved one’s home). Especially if the person you are looking to hire is an independent contractor, and not with an agency. Make sure your interview is thorough. Ask questions about what they do and don’t do. Be clear on your expectations as well as any boundaries. And, don’t forget to ask for references!
Tip 4: Ask about satisfaction guarantees.
Professionals working with housekeeping or cleaning services are people. And, people sometimes make mistakes. It’s OK! But, what are their policies for making things right? Ask about satisfaction guarantees ahead of time so you know what to expect in the event that something doesn’t go quite as planned.
Tip 5: Know the terms of service.
Before hiring a service or signing any contracts – know the terms of service. In other words, what is the company policy for canceling or changing your services? Many businesses have cancelation fees or require a certain amount of notice beforehand. It’s best to know the policies so you’re not surprised later!
Hiring The Best Housekeeping Or Cleaning Services For Seniors Aging In Place
You’re ready to begin searching for the best housekeeping or cleaning services! Don’t forget to follow our 5 simple tips when conducting your search!
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