The coldest season may represent, particularly for older adults or the disabled, a period of inactivity or decline that is often involuntary because it is difficult to get around in wintery conditions.

Winter is the coldest season and it is associated with frigid temperatures, snow, and ice.

Merriam-Webster defines winter as “the season between autumn and spring comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of December, January, and February or as reckoned astronomically extending from the December solstice to the March equinox.” Plunging temperatures, icy weather, and snow are characteristics of winter.

Although for many families and, of course, their children, winter is fun and offers many outdoor activities, for older adults or the disabled, the winter wonderland can be the gates to loneliness and despair. Slips, falls, sprains, or fractures can happen and cause unwanted complications. It may be safer to stay at home and cuddle in a cozy atmosphere. A companion for elderly may become a necessity.

What are the challenges and how to prepare best for the season?

Before winter, you may make a few simple preparations to make your home the place to be. You need a safe home with a well-maintained heating system, enough energy, healthy food and drinks, and medication. Flu shots are an option and a good recommendation.

Winter usually means less daylight, which can lead to a lack of vitamin D; therefore, additional supplements are advisable. (*)With colder temperatures, you have more dry air. A humidifier can be invaluable and can ensure good air quality and provide relief from itchy skin and chapped lips. Common cosmetic issues can be addressed through natural remedies, and an extra glass of water will boost health.

But how to deal with approaching loneliness, isolation, or even idleness? A companion for elderly may be helpful, a welcome source interaction, and a distraction.

Fight through the winter blues with a caring companion

Among other services, Vitae Care provides companionship services that engage you, and all of a sudden, things change. First, we will ask about your favorite activities. Playing a friendly game of cards, looking at old photo books, watching your favorite movie together, doing a puzzle or crossword, painting or baking cookies—there are no limits. Second, your parent or loved one will be distracted, and as a result of activities, the spirits will be raised, there will be good conversation, and above all good laughter will ring out. Social care is happening; your well-being matters to us - we care about you.