We hate to break the news to you … but winter is on approach. This means potential snow, ice, dark days and frigid temperatures. There are a lot of things to love about winter, but there are also a lot of complications, especially if you’re a senior adult living on your own.

“Winters can be hard on seniors – there’s no doubt about it,” says Lauren Kessler, Executive Administrator at Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehabilitation, located in Jackson, New Jersey. “There is a reason why so many snowbirds choose to go south in the winter months. The cold and dark mean that seniors can be cooped up inside if they don’t want to drive at night or simply can’t handle the frigid weather. Snow and ice mean the possibility of slipping and falling, plus the chore of shoveling off the driveway every time you have a storm. Here in New Jersey, it can also mean power outages, huge snowstorms that make it impossible to get to the store for days and home hazards like carbon monoxide.”

That’s why, Lauren says, if you or a senior loved one have been dreading the arrival of winter and been considering moving into assisted living, there’s no time like the present. Fall is the perfect time to move for a variety of reasons. Here’s why:

Flu season is on approach.

Living in an assisted living community can be one of the safest places for an older adult, especially during a pandemic situation like we are currently facing.

“The safety and health of our residents, staff and family members are of utmost importance to us,” says Lauren. “We follow all the guidelines set out by the CDC and then some. We’ve enabled social distancing practices at our community in order to maintain safety while also allowing residents to still do activities and participate in community life. Our diligence has allowed us to remain safe and healthy the past few months, and as flu season approaches, we will continue our sanitization and hygienic practices in order to minimize any risk of our residents catching the flu, coronavirus or any other illness.”

Icy sidewalks and roads are treacherous.

Complications due to falls are the number one reason seniors end up in a hospital or nursing facility. Risks are everywhere, from the grocery store parking lot to neighborhood sidewalks and even your own driveway. And, as anyone who’s skidded wildly on an icy patch knows, winter roads present a ridiculous number of hazards due to ice, snow, sleet and just plain cold.

At an assisted living community, on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about your safety on ice because it’s taken care of for you. The maintenance staff keeps walkways and parking lots clear so icy patches are banished before you step outside. You don’t have to worry about driving to the grocery store, either, since meals are provided in your monthly rent. And scheduled transportation service is provided to our residents.

You can take advantage of end-of-the-year opportunities.

Fall and winter are the slowest seasons for assisted living due to holidays and other end-of-the-year occurrences. Not coincidentally, this is also the time of year that many communities offer moving specials or have the most options in terms of apartments and floor plans. If you can move in during fall, you can get situated in a spot you love at the best rate. Plus, you’ll beat the rush that’s sure to come at the beginning of the year – January and February are the busiest months for assisted living communities as older adults put their New Year’s Resolutions (to move into senior living) into play.

Social opportunities will be much more prolific.

Staying social is a core part of aging well, but in the wintertime, many seniors end up cooped up in their homes feeling bored, lonely and socially isolated. This leads to higher incidences of anxiety, depression and even increases the risk of developing dementia. At an assisted living community, seniors don’t have to worry about being lonely – socialization opportunities are right outside their apartment door. Not only are there instant friends and acquaintances, but there are also so many activities and events taking place. You no longer have to worry about driving to an appointment or braving the roads to go to book club – you can just walk down the hallway. Trust us, it makes wintertime a lot more enjoyable when you can spend it with others.

If you or a loved one have been considering moving into assisted living but have been putting it off, now’s the time to make a great life change. Moving into assisted living in the fall means good moving weather, good resources and more time to get settled in before 2021.

The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living. The Care You Trust for Those You Love.

The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living offers an independent lifestyle with an array of services and amenities right on the Bartley Healthcare campus. As a family-owned and privately-run community, we get to know each resident personally, allowing us to customize their level of care to perfectly match their needs while providing the experience their families can trust.

Here, residents can embrace a fulfilling lifestyle while experiencing the security and comfort of a qualified, compassionate team. We take care of it all – housekeeping and dining, scheduled transportation, programming to meet varying interests and more – it’s all included with care, so you never need to worry about rising costs! And if care needs change, we offer memory care and a range of award-winning health services on site.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our team today at 732-372-4055.