Most of us work full time and have family or other commitments, which leave little or no time for cleaning our house. Also, most of us hate it! Add chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery to the mix and it may be downright impossible.
Finally, there is a solution for those undergoing cancer treatments. Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization which services the US and Canada and partners with local maid services to offer professional house cleaning. They have, to date, serviced 11,749 patients' homes with more than $2,953,020 in donated cleaning services with 1,001 servicing partners.
The foundation screens patients ahead of time to make sure that they do in fact have cancer. Patients are required to complete an application in addition to submitting verification from the patient's physician.
Unfortunately, they do not take volunteers, only those directly affiliated and employed by a cleaning service, because cleaning service employees are required to be bonded and/or insured.
Their Website offers a patient application. To find a participating maid service, patients simply plug their zip code into the Partner Locator and cleaning services instantly pop up. I plugged in my zip code and it pulled up five local cleaning services within 10 miles of my home.
My only qualm is that it services women only. There are many men who could use the service as well, but the Website states that due to high demand, they are unable to serve everyone.
Routinely, we refer our patients to this Website for assistance. I am not entirely certain as to how many have utilized the service, however, sometimes just knowing there is a service available in case they need it is helpful enough.
Have you ever heard of this service and do you recommend it to your patient population?
Should this type of service be available for women only?