Hooray, you’re visiting home for the holiday! There will be time to catch up with old friends, take the wife to your favorite restaurant, and visit dad. But as you pull into his driveway, hungry for his famous deep fried turkey, you notice that the house looks a little neglected. The driveway is slippery with ice, and the sidewalk looks like dad shoveled just a thin path rather than shovel the entire walk.
As you step inside, you notice that it’s chilly and a noticeable draft is coming through one of the windows. The place is tidy and clean, just as dad has always kept it, but all the curtains are pulled shut and the house feels worn, and lonely.
The kids run to the guest room to see if dad has put toys under their pillows like he always does – but there are no toys waiting to greet them, just a couple of gift cards. The Christmas tree hasn’t been put up and when you ask about it, dad says that it’s just too hard to bring all the decorations out. Dad says he has been keeping it simple – he usually eats a TV dinner before bed and drinks coffee in the morning, and most days he skips lunch.
Many adult children will recognize this experience. The assumption is that dad is doing okay, that he’s taking care of the house and the bills, and since he hasn’t complained, nothing must be wrong. But in reality dad is finding that it’s harder to do things than it used to be, and some things he really can’t do at all. Dad is going out less, staying quiet at home, and he seems withdrawn – there are just too many things that need to be cared for.
It may be distressing to discover that a loved one or senior is suffering without asking for help. It can be difficult to stay connected if your aging parent doesn’t live nearby, and a lack of connection can causing your senior to neglect things they once took for granted.
Start a conversation about assisted living now, before the winter season creates problems. Here are a few reasons why it might be helpful to move to a senior living community before the winter season becomes a burden:
- It can be difficult to care for a home in winter with the challenges of slippery stairs and walkways, muddy lawns, and inclement weather.
- Drafty doors and windows may be too difficult for your loved one to fix, leaving them in the cold, and seniors may be reluctant to ask for help.
- Gutters and roof maintenance can be dangerous for most seniors. Storms can cause roof leaks and other damage if they are not well cared for.
- Stiff joints hurt more in a cold, drafty home and when running errands, making activities like shopping, cooking, cleaning, and repairs painful.
- Seniors without the ability to travel can feel isolated and neglected during a season that lends itself to loneliness, isolation, and depression.
- Accidents and falls due to weather can leave a senior injured and stranded with no way to contact others for help.
Seniors who may be having trouble with mobility find many tasks associated with winter weather difficult – shoveling snow, cleaning gutters, and removing leaves are just a few of the seasonal chores that seniors have trouble completing. A senior living community offers stress free living and provides seniors with safety and security to make the holidays and every day enjoyable. Community residents have access to activities, social groups, medical care, transportation, healthy meals, and technology that keeps them connected to family and friends.
A senior living community is a fantastic way to improve your loved one’s life and make it easier to enjoy winter season and the holidays. Talk to your senior today about an easier way to get through winter!