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7 Activities to Do with Home Care that Can Beat Away the Winter Blues

Home Care in St. Cloud MN

Yes, winter is finally over. In much of the country that is a relief. However, winter blues can still be lingering, Home Care in St. Cloud MNespecially for a senior who has spent the majority of their time alone inside their home.

Even if they have relied on an in-home care service provider throughout the winter season, they may very well be suffering from cabin fever, feeling cooped up too long inside their house.

Trying to think of fun and exciting activities that are also safe for seniors may feel challenging, especially when the temperature isn’t as warm as it will be in the summer. During spring and across much of the country, temperatures will be climbing and falling, making it difficult to make concrete plans in advance. For example, it could be 65° and sunny one day and then barely making it out of the 30s and overcast the next.

No matter what the weather conditions happen to be, below are seven activities that can help chase away those winter blues and get the senior thinking and feeling much better.

1. Planning a garden. It may not be time to plant the garden yet, but it’s time to begin planning it. The senior can visit a nursery or any other place that has outdoor gardening equipment and supplies and begin seeing all of the options available to them. Just walking around can give them ideas for their garden this year.

2. Visit a museum. In much of the country this past winter it was difficult to get around. In the Northeast many cities were inundated with snow and it caused parking nightmares. That could have prevented the elderly client from being able to visit the museum or even an art gallery. Now it’s time to do that.

3. Go for a drive. Even if the senior no longer drives, they may rely on their in-home care service provider to help them get out and just explore the world around them.

4. Spring cleaning. Pick up box that has been stored in the attic or basement or somewhere else and go through it. The elderly client may discover things they have long forgotten. That can conjure up some great memories.

5. Call a friend. When people are dealing with depression, such as winter blues, they may not want to talk to friends or family very often. When the weather begins to turn nice, it can inspire them to reach out more frequently.

6. Plan a barbecue. Even though the weather isn’t quite like summer just yet, the senior may want to invite family or friends over one day when it is expected to be pretty nice out. With some help they can put on a great barbecue.

7. Go for a walk outside. When it is warm and safe and there is no risk of black ice on the sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, that can be a great opportunity to get outside and get some valuable exercise.

These are just a few activities to consider doing, even when the assistance of professional home care is necessary.

If you or someone you know needs home care in St. Cloud, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.