What to Do in Illness: House

When a person/family is experiencing an extended illness, many things get pushed off the priority list. Often this includes their home. If you want to help, you can help by offering to help with their


Offer to clean the house. Or send one person by every day to sweep, feed the dog, wash dishes, take out the trash, wash the clothes, dry the clothes, fold the clothes, put the clothes away, clean the bathroom. . . One person from the fellowship group could go by each day for thirty minutes and do whatever needed to be done. The family in crisis would have one less thing to worry about because the work would be shared.

Offer to mow the lawn. To most people this is a chore, not a joy. Send someone over each week to mow the lawn. It will save the family an hour of work and the worry over it, while maintaining a sense of order in their living space.

If no one is staying in the house during a hospitalization, offer to go over daily and turn lights on and/or off. Offer to house sit occasionally during the week so that the house is not empty all the time.

Other posts on this topic:
What to do in Illness: Talk
What to do in Illness: Gifts
What to do in Illness: Children
What to do in Illness: Stay at Hospital
What to do in Illness: Visiting
Others’ Suffering and What to Do