Navigating Winter Weather: A Guide for Older Adults

Kendal at Lexington in the snow!

In Virginia, we savor the advantage of experiencing all four seasons. The anticipation of snow each winter is something we relish, even though it doesn’t happen every time. At Kendal at Lexington (KaLex), we gear up for the possibility of snow and ice, even if we don’t always get to witness it. For older adults, considering some extra precautions to ensure safety and well-being during the colder months is a wise approach. Here are some essential tips and tricks that could assist individuals in staying prepared for the potential challenges of winter weather:

Considerations for Winter Weather

Stock Up on Essentials
Ensure you have an ample supply of groceries stocked up well in advance. Consider utilizing convenient services like Walmart and local grocery stores that offer pickup and delivery options. DoorDash is also a reliable choice for getting essentials without stepping out into the cold.

Medication Preparation
Make sure you have enough medication to last for a few days. Plan a trip to the pharmacy before the weekend to avoid any interruptions in your medication schedule due to challenging weather conditions.

Emergency Lighting
Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on hand. In a power outage, a reliable flashlight can provide comfort and illumination. Consider placing flashlights strategically in easily accessible areas around your living space.

Layer Up Effectively

Ensure to dress in layers to stay warm and regulate body temperature. Start with thermal or moisture-wicking base layers, add insulating layers, and finish with a waterproof and wind-resistant outer layer. Don’t forget warm accessories like gloves, hats, and scarves.

Stay Active Indoors

Cold weather can discourage outdoor activities, but it’s essential to stay active. Consider indoor exercises like yoga, tai chi, or simple stretches to maintain flexibility and strength. Physical activity helps improve circulation and keeps you warm.

Plan for Social Connection

Winter weather can lead to isolation, so make plans to stay socially connected. Whether it’s virtual meetups, inviting friends over for a cozy gathering, or participating in community events, maintaining social connections can have a positive impact on mental well-being during the winter months.

Kendal at Lexington a Winter Haven

Living in a Life Plan Community like Kendal at Lexington during the winter months comes with several distinct advantages, catering to both safety and comfort. Here are some compelling reasons why you might find life at KaLex particularly beneficial during the colder season:

Community Support and Resources

Kendal at Lexington provides a strong support system. In the winter, this support becomes invaluable. From on-site staff to fellow residents, there is a network of individuals ready to assist with various needs, whether it’s snow removal, home maintenance, or simply ensuring everyone is safe and accounted for during inclement weather.

Maintenance and Safety Measures

KaLex has dedicated maintenance staff who proactively address winter-related challenges. From clearing sidewalks and driveways to ensuring that common areas remain safe, these communities prioritize the safety and well-being of their residents during adverse weather conditions.

Centralized Gathering Spaces

In the event of a power outage or if residents feel uncomfortable in their living spaces, KaLex provides centralized gathering spaces. These areas are equipped to handle emergencies, offering a warm and secure environment for residents to wait out any disruptions caused by winter weather.

Social Engagement Opportunities

Winter can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, but Kendal fosters social interactions. Whether it’s through organized activities, communal dining, or shared common spaces, seniors have ample opportunities to engage with others, providing a sense of companionship and connection during the colder months.

Efficient Snow Removal

Kendal at Lexington has robust snow removal plans in place. Professional facility staff ensures that pathways, driveways, and common areas are promptly cleared, allowing residents to move around safely and minimizing any potential disruptions caused by winter weather.

Health and Wellness Amenities

There are numerous on-site health and wellness amenities at Kendal at Lexington, including a fitness center, swimming pool, and organized exercise classes. Staying active during the winter is crucial for maintaining overall well-being, and these facilities make it convenient for residents to prioritize their health even in colder months.

Peace of Mind for Families

Family members often find peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are part of a community that actively addresses the challenges associated with winter weather. KaLex emphasis on safety and preparedness reassures families that their relatives are in good hands.

Kendal at Lexington is dedicated to providing a secure and well-maintained environment for its residents, especially during challenging weather conditions. By following these tips and taking advantage of the community resources available, residents can navigate winter weather with confidence and peace of mind.

Discover the best season of your life at Kendal at Lexington. Call us today at 540.463.1910 to learn more about the exceptional living experience we offer.