Aging in place helps you retain your independence as you grow older. Few Americans choose to move after retirement. Most are choosing to age in place. However, staying independent and still remaining somewhat active during the winter months may pose challenges for some seniors with mobility, illness, or other issues.
While we are all affected by the cold, winter months can be particularly challenging for older retirees. Seniors with poor circulation, exacerbated by medications can have a difficult time combating the winter chill. This is why some senior snowbirds are choosing to follow the warm weather, rather than weathering the cold winter months in suburbia. The cold might be disagreeing, but many snowbirds are choosing to migrate for a few months to follow the sunshine, then come back when the weather is more agreeable.
Here are some helpful tips for getting ready to head south for the winter months:
- Don’t Forget the Medications
Your medication is important and you need to have it with you at all times. Make sure to get all the refills you need before you go. Check with your insurance and/or pharmacy to make sure you know where to go if you need a refill or you lose a prescription. Keep those physician numbers handy and always know where the nearest medical care facility is to where you’re going to be staying.
- Keep All of Those Old Vacation Tricks in Mind
Like any other time you leave home, have someone check in and if you have animals, have someone feed them. While, you might be taking the animals with you, it is always prudent to have someone periodically check on the home, especially after a major storm. Schedule someone to perform regular maintenance, including checking the heating and air conditioning and landscape maintenance. Consider installing an alarm system to deter burglars while you are gone. Notify neighbors of your whereabouts and how long you’ll be gone. Ask neighbors and friends to report any unusual activity in your absence.
If have an aide in your current house, find out if they can come with you, or find someone where you’re going. Finding the right help will make travel to where you want to more seamless and comfortable. Check with the local home health aide offices for assistance where you are migrating.
- Get a Medical Alert Device
Medical alert devices can make a difference between life and death. Whether you’re home or on vacation, the alert system is easily able to notify the nearest emergency personnel, so that you’re able to get the help you need, no matter where you are. Medical alert devices, like those offered through Pioneer Emergency, can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be used in the event of any emergency.
Moving south for the winter is something that many of us wish we could do. Now that you have enough time, you’re able to hit the road whenever you want. These are your golden years, enjoy them! Be sure to invite friends and family out to visit. Just because the cold frigid months come calling, doesn’t mean you can’t have your fun in the sun.