With the cold, dreary weather, it’s no wonder that a lot of people get the winter blues in the aftermath of the holiday season. Elderly people in particular tend to be struck with feelings of loneliness and lethargy during this time of year. Most of these feeling stem from the fact that the cold brittle weather and icy conditions make it difficult for them to go about their daily lives. Assisted living in the winter is a great way to fend off the winter blues because it allows your elderly loved ones to join in a community and gives them opportunities to socialize, practice self-care, and get regular medical care when they need it.
Here are some benefits of assisted living for seniors in the winter.
Loneliness hits hard for a lot of people during the winter months, but it can be especially difficult for elderly people, many of whom have limited to no mobility. Sometimes, even getting up to go for a walk can be difficult due to the risk of physical injury. Assisted living helps combat loneliness because there are always people—whether they’re caregivers, doctors, nurses, friends, family, or fellow residents—around.
Provides a Sense of Safety and Security
Another great attribute of assisted living is that it gives your elderly loved one a sense of safety and security. Since there are always staff members on hand to care for them, they’ll never feel afraid or alone, especially at night.
Improves Health and Wellness
Flu season in Canada typically runs from early fall until late spring, which means that your elderly loved one needs to take extra precautions to prevent themselves from getting sick. The elderly are especially vulnerable, even when it comes to the common cold. Assisted living communities hold themselves to a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation to promote optimal health and wellness for their residents and prevent the spread of illness.
Increases Community Engagement
Assisted living communities also offer plenty of opportunities for engagement and social events. From enjoying meals in the cafeteria with friends and neighbours and spending time in the common areas to taking dance lessons, joining in exercise classes, and partaking in other fun social events, there’s no shortage of fun pastimes in assisted living communities. With everything that assisted living for seniors has to offer to keep your elderly loved one occupied, there’s no better time than the winter to help them move into their new home.
You Can Plan Your Move around the Weather Forecast
Due to the sometimes precarious weather conditions, winter can be a tough time for anyone to move somewhere new. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be sure to plan your elderly loved one’s move on a mild day when there isn’t too much ice or snow on the ground. Not only will this make it easier to load and unload their belongings from your vehicle, but it’ll also make for a much safer transportation.
Bramalea Retirement Residence is one of the leading assisted living communities in Brampton. We’re proud to offer a variety of living options for our residents including respite and short-term trial stays. To learn more about our community, feel free to contact us or book a tour!