5 Reasons You Should Move Before Winter Hits
Moving is both a big decision and a big undertaking, but moving in the winter makes everything even more complicated due to slippery steps and soggy cardboard boxes. If you’re looking at senior living communities, it’s not ideal to move in the winter. But why should you decide to move right now, rather than waiting until after winter?
Fall is the time for change and, along with the leaves, makes for a wonderful time of year to make a smooth transition to your new home.
1. Don’t Worry About Keeping the House Clean
Staying on top of things around the house becomes even more daunting during the winter months because there’s even more to do. Snow and slush get tracked in from outside, resulting in slippery surfaces and stained carpet. But at a senior living community, the housekeeping is handled for you. So, you aren’t on your hands and knees scrubbing carpets every time the grandkids visit. Or, worse, worrying about slipping on a wet spot.
Regularly scrubbed spaces also reduce germs and help you avoid illness during cold and flu season!
2. Snow Removal: Safety First
After moving to a senior living community, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful snowfall without worrying about how you’re going to clear the driveway. Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity that can cause injury, but it’s costly – and not always timely – to arrange for someone else to remove snow for you. Senior communities handle snow removal for you, so that walkways are clear and you don’t have to worry about slipping on slick surfaces.
3. Fine Dining Without the Fuss
Diet is especially important during the winter due to changes in metabolism, but inclement road conditions can make running errands like grocery shopping dangerous. Many retirement communities offer meal plans to help ease the burden of meal planning and preparing. (Melrose Meadows offers two meals a day that are served in the gorgeous dining room.) Have that urge to bake or cook up an old family favorite? Use the van service for safe travel to the store. Many communities also offer grocery pickup service for even more convenience.
4. Stay Active with Plenty of Exercise Options
Cold weather can eliminate some of your favorite exercise options, but at a senior living community, there are facilities and fitness classes that will help you stay in shape no matter what the temperature is outside.
5. Say Good Morning to Smiling Faces
Seniors often spend more time in the house during the winter and, as a result, experience a decrease in social activity. At Melrose Meadows, you’ll have friendly neighbors to talk to every morning or play cards with in the afternoon. It’s like visiting your favorite neighborhood coffee shop right in your own home!
Are you or a loved one exploring senior and assisted living communities? Melrose Meadows is a certified assisted and independent living community in Iowa City, Iowa. We provide an independent, secure lifestyle for our residents in a vibrant, all-inclusive setting. Schedule a tour today to see if Melrose Meadows is a good fit for your future.