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Benefits of in home health care to fight winter depression in seniors

The long cold winters of Northern Michigan are leaving seniors home bound for long amounts of time. Home care providers in Traverse City and Petoskey are helping seniors fight winter depression with exercise, companionship, and providing nutritious meals. In home care providers bring additional support that is needed during the winter months. Seniors tend to stay healthier when they are active.

Caregivers can provide an environment where clients thrive. You or your loved ones can benefit from the regular visits from home care aids. Just knowing someone is coming to visit helps seniors feel less alone.

Having someone to help with housekeeping and preparing meals is important, but so is human interaction. People who feel lonely are at risk to suffer from depression, which can affect their health.

Comfort Keepers of Northern Lower Michigan provide caregivers that are experienced in helping seniors fight the winter blues. Depending on the clients needs, they can provide services such as:

  • Run errands together – for fun or necessities
  • Provide conversation about topics that interest the client
  • Participate in activities like knitting, scrap booking or card games
  • Plan and cook meals together
  • Read or listen to books together
  • Go for a walk together and stay active
  • Help them communicate with family and friends

Knowing that your loved one will have what they need by maintaining supplies in the house, ensuring they are getting out and staying active, eating well and taking their medications is comforting, especially during winter.

Comfort Keepers caregivers will help beat the winter blues. If they see signs of depression they can easily contact family for additional support and encourage them to seek help from health care providers.