“Light housekeeping includes things like watering the plants, dusting of surfaces and knickknacks, as well as picking up newspapers, magazines and other clutter. It also includes emptying the trash, vacuuming and sweeping of main walk areas. It can also include organizing drawers, shelves and closets.”


Light housekeeping duties maintain an orderly and company-ready home to ensure cleanliness and peace of mind. Homeowners’ expectations regarding light housekeeping performed by an elder care, home health care, independent care or childcare provider are for the worker to maintain the house to their standards or better. Homeowners should discuss details with the worker to define their preferences clearly and to prevent misunderstanding about what light housekeeping entails. Oftentimes, light housekeeping duties are limited to only the immediate living areas of care giving.

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