My mom recovered from her hip replacement okay, but she still had a hard time getting all of her daily chores done. She would exhaust herself keeping house, and was missing out on the fun things she used to enjoy. My wife and I decided to hire her a part time helper in Singapore to keep her house clean. It was the least we could do as she was the chief babysitter for our two children while we worked the same work schedule. We saved a fortune in childcare, so hiring her help for housekeeping was still saving us a fortune in costs. Kids are what can really mess up a home. They can be taught to put things away and to pick up after themselves, but they still manage to track in dirt and smear up just about any surface they touch.