How To Pick Out A Vacuum For Your Older Parent

If your mom or dad is getting older, he or she may have trouble moving around the house to keep it clean. If you'd like to help him or her out, here are a few things to look out for when buying a vacuum for your parent:

Size matters

It's time to toss out that 20 year old vacuum to make room for a newer, lightweight version. Many modern vacuums weigh in at under 5 kg, which makes them easy to get in and out of the closet and around the different rooms of a house.

Cordless vacuums are generally lighter than their corded counterparts . . . more on that below.

Avoid trip hazards

Falling can be dangerous for many older people, as it can lead to a hip fracture. In Canada, about 27,000 older people break a hip each year, mostly by falling, and that can lead to reduced mobility, the need for surgery, and a few months in a rehab center. One study found that women aged 65 - 69 who broke a hip were five times more likely to die within a year of their injury than women who didn't break their hips. That staggering statistic makes people really think critically about how to prevent falls.

To keep your mom or dad safe while cleaning, invest in a cordless vacuum cleaner. These models can build up their charge to clean a medium-sized house before needing to return to their charging base, and they will prevent your parents' feet from getting tangled in a long cord.

Stay upright

Bending over can be hard on one's lower back, and an upright cleaner can prevent your parent from needing to do so. Upright cleaners can let their users stand with a good posture while traveling around the room, whereas other ones require a bit of hunching over.

Hire a professional cleaner

If you really want to take care of your parent and lessen his or her workload, you can hire a cleaner to get the job done each week or every other week. A one-time cleaning can cost from $75 - $200, and the cost generally depends on the size of the home. A professional can get the job done quickly and efficiently, and he or she can make sure that the kitchens and bathrooms are safe and clean to use.

Since it can be hard to buy presents for your parents when they get older, this can be a perfect gift, especially if you can share the cost along with any siblings. Watching someone else vacuum may be the best option of all!

For more information about vacuums, contact Apple Cleaning Supplies in Edmonton or a similar company.