Moving to a personal care home is a big decision based on many factors. Cold winter months are drawing near, and the Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a “Winter Wonderland” for the northeastern United States. Keeping this in mind, and to avoid winter chores, this is a great time to consider a respite stay and experience first-hand what life is like living in a personal care home.
Experience an easier move
Winter weather conditions like snow and ice can complicate the move to a personal care home. Moving before bad weather conditions arrive allows seniors to avoid potential weather-related delays, accidents or other challenges during transportation and when moving belongings.
Try out the personal care home
Respite care offers seniors a chance to try out a retirement community without making a long-term commitment. Country Meadows offers all-rental retirement living accommodations, so seniors are not beholden to a lengthy lease or an ownership stake. A respite stay can help older adults see for themselves whether or not the community is a good fit for a permanent move.
Avoid winter weather challenges
Many older adults struggle with winter chores such as shoveling snow, chipping away ice, walking on icy sidewalks, managing heating systems and driving in inclement weather. A temporary respite stay at a personal care home eliminates these responsibilities, as well as many other daily chores, removing worries. It provides seniors the opportunity to settle into their new living arrangement without the added stress of winter weather.
Access daily assistance and health services
Along with cold weather, the winter season can also bring several challenges for older adults to maintain wellness. A major benefit to living at a personal care home is prompt, easy access to health resources and assistance. This is especially beneficial for seniors with health concerns and mobility issues. If a resident requires assistance with medications, dressing, bathing or another daily activity, simply push a call button and a personal care associate can provide needed help. And a wellness team keeps an eye on each resident’s overall health.
Many seniors experience loneliness and isolation while living at home. The winter months can magnify these feelings. Respite care offers opportunities for social interaction and engagement with new neighbors and friends in the same age group, reducing feelings of loneliness and providing mental stimulation.
Participate in activities, enjoy entertainment and outings
Senior living communities often offer a variety of enriching activities and events. At Country Meadows, our “Vibe” program considers each resident’s physical, cognitive, social and spiritual needs and customizes activities, entertainment, outings and purposeful service opportunities. Events are organized seasonally by categories and offer opportunities for socialization and fun. When living at a personal care home, one doesn’t need to brave the elements outside, because all the fun during winter is happening indoors, fostering a sense of belonging among residents.
Provide relief for family caregivers
A respite stay offers a break for family members and friends providing care in a senior’s private home. This break is especially appreciated during winter months when private caregiving responsibilities might become more demanding due to inclement weather, illnesses or holiday-related activities.
When considering respite care at a personal care home or retirement community over the winter months, it’s important to do some homework. Families and seniors should research and visit potential facilities to ensure the community can meet specific needs and preferences of each individual. The decision for respite care should prioritize the well-being, comfort and specific needs of each person, aiming to provide a supportive and enriching experience.
Country Meadows Retirement Communities offers a variety of respite stay opportunities on its nine campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Md. For information about any of our services or locations, or to ask a question, please reach out to our expert advisors. We’re here to help!