With winter upon us, we’ve all heard the advice: “Stay indoors!” But what if that’s not possible? What if you need to get out and about—but only with a little extra support? For example, aging adults in retirement villages and other senior housing communities can still enjoy winter activities like skiing or ice skating (if they’re up for it), but they may need help getting there. Here are some ways your local senior housing community can keep its residents safe during this season:
Snow removal is a significant focus of any retirement community. The snow and ice accumulating on walkways, parking lots, and driveways during winter can be hazardous to less mobile residents. It’s also a big job for community ownership: snow removal requires planning and money.
The community has a plan in place for how they will remove snow from their property. They have trained staff who know how to get rid of it effectively without causing damage or injury to themselves or anyone else. They budget annually for this purpose, so there are no surprises when it comes time to pay for new equipment or labor costs if there are unexpected expenses related to snow removal efforts that year.
Housekeeping is important for two reasons. First, the residents should live in a clean environment. Second, housekeeping services keep the building clean, so it doesn’t have to be repainted or re-carpeted every year or two.
Housekeepers sweep the halls, vacuum carpets, and hard mop floors, clean showers and toilets, dust furniture, and change bedding daily. The importance of regular housekeeping cannot be overstated as it helps to prevent falls by picking up clutter around the house; it also keeps germs at bay by sanitizing surfaces and washing linens regularly. That’s not all! In addition to preventing injuries from falls or illness from dirty hands touching food items before eating them (or worse), housekeeping also keeps pests away from your loved one’s home, such as ants in bathrooms or spiders under beds.
In addition to providing a safe and comfortable environment, a retirement community offers transportation services that provide residents with the ability to get around.
- Residents have access to transportation for going to medical appointments or getting groceries, as well as getting out into the community for social events. This helps your loved ones stay active and engaged in their communities while also ensuring that they are able to maintain healthy lifestyles by making sure they get the proper care they need.
Aging family members who live with others in retirement communities have more opportunities for socialization and interaction than those who live alone do. People living alone are far more likely than those living with others to spend time alone watching television or sleeping during the day instead of engaging in activities like walking around outside or playing games with friends; this has been linked with higher risk for depression and anxiety symptoms later on down the road!
Winter can be difficult for aging adults, who may be less mobile and more dependent on others to get around. A retirement community gives them a safe and comfortable place to spend their golden years with on-site activities, entertainment, and medical care.