This winter has been cold for much of the country. Just before the holidays, as millions of travelers were hitting the roads or heading to the airports, they were met with delays, closures, and cancellations. It was so bad that people lost their lives. The temperatures were so low and dropped so fast that emergency services simply couldn’t keep up with the influx of desperate calls. While tragic, moments like that become avenues for discussing other topics, including various forms of elder care options. Assisted living is one of the best types of elder care you can find for an aging individual, whether it’s your mother, father, grandparent, spouse, sibling, or other person you care about.
But what does the cold have to do with discussing assisted living for elder care with an elderly person?
The heating system at home is getting old.
An elderly person may be living in the same house they’ve lived in for decades. Perhaps they were accustomed to maintaining the property, shoveling snow, or checking the heating system every year to ensure it was going to work.
Now, though, things become more complicated. They may forget to call an HVAC technician for general maintenance in the fall. Suddenly, during a burst of cold air, the furnace shuts down. They call and wait on hold or on the receiving end of an endless barrage of rings only to find out a technician can’t get to them for a week or more because of the barrage of calls.
Every single call can be considered an emergency when a furnace breaks down, especially when they are not accustomed to the colder weather. Instead of constantly having to worry about such things, the seniors can turn to assisted living where they would be warm and well taken care of, even during those difficult winter events.
Power outages can put seniors in danger.
With many winter storms, power outages are common. When the power goes out for an aging senior when the temperatures outside are well below freezing, they might get six or eight hours inside if the home is well insulated before the temperatures drop to dangerous levels.
Instead of having to worry about such things, if they were at an assisted living community, staff and administrators would be ready with a viable plan, possibly backup generators, and other means to keep their residents safe, even during power outages in the heart of winter.
The snow and cold keep seniors alone.
When an elderly person lives alone, they might depend on family or friends to stop by, bring them groceries, and check in on them every day or a couple of times a week. But, when those unexpected winter storms roll in and the snow, ice, freezing rain, or dangerously low temperatures keep family members or friends away, that increases the risk for aging seniors, especially those who have mobility challenges.
Instead of worrying about such things anymore, turn to assisted living for elder care and enjoy life, even when Mother Nature throws you a wicked curveball.