Wash, Dry, Fold: Laundry Services in Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 03 January 2013

There’s a lot involved in doing the laundry: first, you must gather the dirty clothes, towels and linens, carry the load to the laundry room — or drive to a laundromat, separate colors and whites, load, wash, transfer, dry, fold, iron, and put away (and some would agree that last step may be the hardest one of all).

For seniors living at home, this task may become more challenging as their physical health or cognitive function declines, or when mobility becomes an issue, especially if going to the laundry room requires going upstairs or downstairs.

Non-medical home care may be an option: there are many agencies that provide caregivers who can assist with laundry and other household chores that may become too difficult for seniors to manage alone.

If you are considering assisted living, find out if there is a common area for residents to do their own laundry. Ask for the community’s cost breakdown for laundry services: often, costs will vary based on how much laundry the staff does — clothes only? linens too? — and how frequently. Some assisted living communities may include a certain number of service hours and charge anything over that number a la carte.

Family members may also choose to do a portion of their loved one’s laundry, either on-site in the assisted living community’s laundry room or at home, to save money.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Terry Reinhard (Mr) says,

    I am blessed with a townhouse w/t washer/dryer between two upstairs bedrooms. It’s where the laundry acccumulates. I am grateful for not having to lug laundry to a common laundry room or, horrors, a public laundromat. But mobility/fall issues make living alone in a large “home” challenging and laundry is one of my major concerns in finding a senior-friendly apartment building. Only the fanciest will have washer/dryers inside individual units. That will not be me. Great topic.


    on 04 January 2013 / 11:20 AM

  2. Terry, thank you so much for your comment! It sounds like you have it made with the washer/dryer located right where the laundry accumulates. Your townhouse’s setup should be a model for all senior apartment buildings, not just the fancy ones, because the fall risks and mobility issues for seniors are so great, and sometimes the solutions for independence are so simple (like moving the laundry room to prevent that lugging you mentioned, or having to deal with the challenge of stairs or going out to a public place). I’m glad to hear you found the topic worth covering — I felt that it’s an oft-overlooked one, and your comment affirms its importance in discussions about senior-friendly buildings. Thanks for stopping by the blog!


    on 04 January 2013 / 11:56 AM


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