My blog today will cover housekeeping a part of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. If you want to hear me talk about ADL’s IADL’s and how you can use them to help an older person age in place or get to the right level of care- listen to E Care Diary today 2 PM EST and 11 AM PST. Tune it to the show
The IADL of housekeeping brings in, sex role differences that can influence responses on this item. The geriatric care manager or aging professional needs to take account of these gender issues. As I said in my last blog, older people who are greatest generation or even some baby boomers still follow this division of housework. Younger couples have divided it more equally.
Also, some people use the services of a housekeeper and may have for years, especially upper income clients. These elderly individuals nonperformance in this area needs to reflect long-established patterns. Finally, individual standards of cleanliness vary, and these need to be acknowledged.
A tour of the house of the older person, in addition to asking direct questions about housekeeping habits, provides information for the care manager to consider. In addition, information about past practices helps the care manager to ascertain whether functioning has changed and when. The geriatric care manager or aging professional should look for signs of neglect. Also signs of hoarding care-manager should be noted. Safety issues in the home are also important to record for future follow-up.