Dear Carol: My mother, 76, lives on her own in a condominium and is capable of continuing there for some time. I’m grateful, because the longer she can be independent the happier we’ll both be. My problem? It’s pretty minor considering what most people deal with, but I’m curious if there is something that I can do to help mom. She and I have different ideas of house cleanliness. I can’t concentrate unless I know that my surroundings are clean and orderly while mom is, in my view, lax. She’s healthy, but she has really bad arthritic pain and this has kept her from doing the basic cleaning that she used to do. Her home isn’t filthy, it’s just not clean on a deep level. I’ve suggested that she hire someone to help and she always says she’ll think about it. I know that money is tight for her, but she has enough, so wouldn’t you think that a cleaning person would be a priority? Other than this, we get along great. Any suggestions? – ML
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