Winter is one of the most challenging times of year for everyone. While it’s a great opportunity to travel and see family for the holidays, the changes in weather create unsafe conditions for everyone. Seniors suffer the most in the winter because of the cold and isolation.
Pivotal Health Care’s senior living communities directly meet these concerns with a full staff of trained caregivers. If you have been going back and forth on moving into senior living, you will regret not doing it sooner by the time winter rolls around. Given the colder temperatures and hazardous conditions, a senior living community can help you stay warm, safe, and provide companionship.
Reason #1: Staying Warm is Essential
Our bodies are fantastic at managing internal temperature and finding ways to keep us warm. We sweat in the summers to lower our body temperature. We shiver in the cold to raise our body temperature.
Nonetheless, if your body needs to constantly regulate temperature due to external conditions, you are overexerting your body. After a few weeks, your body will be tired and vulnerable to sickness and disease.
In a senior living community, you are surrounded by friends and caregivers who will make sure your room and home are warm and that all your heating needs are met.
Reason #2: Staying Safe in Hazardous Weather
During the winter, we get rain, snow, hail, and ice. It can be incredibly dangerous to venture out into the elements on your own. Driving becomes much tougher when there is black ice or freezing rain.
If you are living on your own or with your partner in the winter months, you have an increased chance of injury or death. Even though Kansas and Missouri don’t get the most snow in the country, we receive enough to warrant regular shoveling. When older adults shovel snow on their own, they increase the risk of injury.
Reason #3: Senior Living Provides Companionship
The winter months are synonymous with holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day. Families love to gather together for any and all holidays. Unfortunately, while we might gather together for a day or two on the occasion, many seniors are left home alone outside of holiday trips.
When you combine shorter days with loneliness, it’s no surprise that seniors struggle with depression. In a senior living community, your loved one can enjoy the holidays with family without worrying about what happens when everyone leaves. Once their family leaves, they still have their friends in the community and caregivers who are there to meet their needs and share stories. Senior living provides the necessary companionship for a healthy aging process.
The winter months bring great beauty and festivities, but they also leave seniors in precarious positions. If you move into a senior living community in the winter, you are guaranteed to be warm, safe, and have companionship.
At Pivotal Health Care, we want to help you live your best life. With our senior living communities, you can experience and enjoy your senior years as much as possible. Contact us today to set up a free visit and meeting.