Like many caregivers, I work fulltime, have my own home and family to care for and then, when I go to my father's house, I get to do all the household chores there, too. Caregivers sometimes have to keep their own home clean and fresh - and then repeat the same chores when they go to check in on those they are caring for.
My dad is a sweetheart, but he is too frail to run the vacuum. And his vision isn't what it used to be - so he doesn't see the dirt as it builds up between my visits. I also noticed that he wasn't the best at keeping the houseplants alive. That had always been my mom's job, and now that she was gone, the plants were suffering. He wanted to keep them alive - and he would never throw them away. The plants were part of the house when his wife was alive and they needed to thrive. I began to wonder if some of the hi-tech gadgets I see on TV could help.
Here are a few things that I thought could help:
Roomba: The Roomba is a vacuuming robot that picks up dirt, pet hair, and other debris on all floor types. iRobot also has a mopping robot called the Brava, which works in tackling dirt and stains on hardwoord floors.
Thirsty Light: I looked at several plant moisture sensors before I found Thirsty Light. It flashes when the plant needs to be watered. That way, my father doesn't need to read small numbers on a meter. If the light is flashing, he waters the plant.
Cleanwave Portable Sanitizing Wand: Verilux makes a handheld wand that kills viruses, odor-causing bacteria and certain molds and other allergens. Seemed like a little extra help keeping my father healthy was a good idea.