"I want to know what help is available to me to manage my home."
Keeping your home clean and tidy has many benefits to your health and wellbeing. Not only will your mood be better in a clean and uncluttered environment, but you’re less likely to pick up germs and illnesses in your every day life. Allergy and asthma symptoms will be reduced too.
Most people do not enjoy cleaning and getting started can feel quite overwhelming especially if you have other things to do, or you struggle with mobility. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
If you need support to keep on top of your cleaning, here are a few options for you to consider:
Talk to family and friends - ask the people in your support network to help out with the chores you can’t tackle. It can be difficult to ask for help, but they are likely to be happy to pitch in, and you can always negotiate doing something for them in exchange.
Hire a cleaner - this could be for regular weekly or fortnight visits, or just a one-off declutter and spring clean.
Employ a home help - this is someone who spends time with you in your home on a regular basis to help with household tasks.
A cleaner in East Yorkshire typically costs between £10 and £20 an hour. The rate will vary based on whether they are independent or employed by an agency, and how regularly you have your home cleaned.
How to find a cleaner
The best way to find a cleaner is through a personal recommendation from a family member, friend or neighbour. You could also:
Our checklist for finding a cleaner
Here are some things you can do that will help you find the right cleaner for you:
You may not be able to afford to pay them to clean your whole home, but you could ask them to focus on the rooms you use most often, or the tasks you are more likely to struggle with, such as vacuuming, changing the bed or cleaning the oven.
Before hiring a cleaner or cleaning company, advise them on what jobs you’d like done and ask them to give you a walkthrough of how they will approach it. Once they have seen your home, they’ll have a better idea of how long they’ll need and be able to give you a more accurate quote. Don’t forget to tell them about any items that need special care, such as family antiques.
As you are letting someone into your home, you need to know that you can trust them. Ask for references from their other customers. If they will be working in a home where there are children or vulnerable adults, we strongly recommend that you request a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Learn more and request a DBS check on the GOV.UK website.
Ask the cleaner or cleaning company if they will be using their own cleaning products and equipment or if they expect you to provide them. Most cleaners use their own preferred and tested products, but if you’d prefer them to use your own, or have any allergies or intolerances to products, make sure you let them know.
Some cleaners charge a flat rate of pay and work quickly to get the job done, then leave when it is finished. Others charge by the hour so you’d expect them to stay for the full period you are paying them for.
Preparing for your cleaner’s visit
To make the most of the time that you cleaner is in your home, here are some thing you can do to prepare:
A home help is someone who looks after day-to-day domestic tasks, such as:
This is a paid-for service, often offered by local charities or businesses.
How to find a home help
The local Age UK service can help you find a home support worker to help with cleaning and other chores around the home. Find out more about their home support service on the Hull Age UK website.
Try searching for ‘Home help East Riding’ on the internet to view results of local agencies offering this service.