Signs of Mold

There are some significant telltale signs that caregivers can look for in the homes of their clients. The signs range from greenish-black patches of mold on the walls to the increased health complications involving their clients.
Look for the following:
• Moisture or dampness appearing on surfaces such as walls, wood, clothing, etc. This is the initial sign of mildew growth even though moisture doesn’t necessarily indicate mold, it is one of the main reasons that mold forms and continues to grow. Since the Relative Humidity (RH) for Chicagoland exceeds 55%, mold is a constant issue.
• Yellowish stains on inside walls are typically caused by moisture and indicate the initial growth of mold. The colors can range from greenish, blackish or brownish-colored patches. In addition, if your clients paint seems to be cracking or peeling, this may just be another sign that mold is infesting their home.
• While there are many unusual orders in the homes of the elderly, mildew or musty odors are one of the most prominent signs of mold growth on surfaces. Sometimes the smell will only be present when the HVAC or air conditioning units are on. If this happens, these units need to be looked at and cleaned.
• If your client is experiencing signs of allergic reactions or respiratory issues inside their home, then it is a good indication that there is mold there.
As their caregiver, it is your responsibility to deal with these issues for and with them. It is just another way to prove to your clients that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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