How to Help Seniors Cope with Loneliness during Winter
Winter tends to be a more isolating time for everyone. All the snow keeps us tucked indoors. But what about the senior citizens in your life? It’s even lonelier for them. If you have an aging loved one, these tips can help you take care of them for the long, cold winter ahead.
– Make sure they have all the supplies they need
From medications to foods, make sure your loved one has the things they need. It’s great if you can bring these things yourself as they will appreciate the company. But if you can’t get there, arranging a delivery of essentials can be helpful. In this way, you can ensure nutritious foods are available for them to eat.
– Get to know their neighbors
Sometimes, the weather gets so bad that power outages happen in the cold. If impossible weather prevents you from connecting, it is wise to build relationships with the neighbors by your senior family member. This way, you can have someone nearby check if you’re concerned.
– Arrange for safe transport
When snow is on the ground, it becomes trickier for older folks to walk. Even with a walker, slipping and falling is common. For your loved one, find ways to safely get them to the places they want to go. Look into senior-friendly public transit as an option or offer to drive them yourself.
– Connect them to local senior services
There are some wonderful programs for senior citizens. Look in your local area to see what is available and get them there for things that hold their interest. From card games to sewing circles, your loved one will feel less alone when they make friends that like the same things.
– Get someone to be with them and provide senior care
With aging, mobility issues arise. These things can be handled with physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage. Personal support services are also a great idea when you can’t be there yourself or are unable to provide the level of care your independent senior relative needs.
For all those services, let In Your Home Therapy be at your service. We provide everything from physiotherapy to senior care services for your aging loved one. Best of all, we come to you. This is a great option in winter since you won’t have to worry that your loved one will slip and fall outdoors. As a bonus, it will keep them from feeling lonely when they have someone there to help them with their needs.
We love seniors and treasure their wisdom, and we’d love to come help your loved one with their needs in your home.