Think more than just pink this October

October is breast cancer awareness month

It’s finally fall – the time of year when the leaves start to change colors, temperatures get cooler and pumpkin spice is in everything (and we mean, everything).

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Let’s face it, you probably have been living in a cave if you didn’t already know that. But while most of the PSAs you’ll see or hear have to do with early detection, we wanted to share a few tips that can be used if you find yourself taking care of someone undergoing cancer treatment. So many of us are or have been personally affected by breast cancer and as cleaning experts, we wanted to share our knowledge on how to best care for your loved ones.

Often times, a patient undergoing cancer treatment will have a compromised immune system, which is why it is so important to take precautions to help reduce exposure to germs. One of the most effective ways to reduce germs is by ensuring that everyone in the home washes their hands with warm water and soap, especially prior to coming into contact with the patient. This holds true for visitors as well. Gel hand sanitizers can be used when access to soap and water is not convenient.

Germs lay dormant in so many places around the home. When cleaning up around the house, pay extra attention to commonly shared surface areas, such as:

  • Light switch plates
  • Doorknobs
  • Computer keyboard and mouse
  • TV remote controls
  • Phones (home phone and cell phones!)
  • Cupboard handles
  • Handrails
  • Faucet and toilet handles

It’s not always second nature to regularly wipe down some of these surfaces, but by doing so you will drastically reduce the risk of infection for your friend or family member. If you find yourself busy with other responsibilities, set a reminder in your phone or write it down on the calendar to regularly clean these areas. Trust us, it will go a long way!

While guests may bring flowers when visiting, it’s often best to not have them directly next to the patient. This is because plants themselves can shed and give off mold, and fresh cut flowers sitting in water can harbor bacteria. A stack of magazines, books or crossword puzzles are all great ideas for a patient undergoing treatment. Not only are they rid of mold, but they will keep your friend or family occupied during radiation or chemotherapy as well.

Often times, cleaning the home can be too much of a task for the patient and, sometimes, the caretaker. Home Clean Heroes is a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason, a non-profit that provides complimentary house cleaning services to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. For more information on how you can nominate a someone in need for a free house cleaning, call Cleaning for a Reason at 877-377-33487.

And please feel free to call Home Clean Heroes at 757-819-4930 if you have any questions or concerns related to house cleaning for someone undergoing breast cancer treatment.