The Benefits of Moving to Senior Living in the WinterBrandermill Woods independent living angle

The Benefits of Moving to Senior Living in the Winter

Monday, January 8, 2024

Winter brings thoughts of good friends, good cheer, and enjoying the good life, which makes it a great time to consider moving into Independent Living. Below are some reasons to consider making this change during the chilliest season of the year.

Reduced Isolation

During the shorter, colder winter days, finding ways to stay active and involved can be difficult. But being alone isn't ideal for your mental health, especially when the weather is dreary. At Brandermill Woods in Midlothian, Virginia, social wellness is as important as your physical health, so you can find plenty of things to do all year round. Even if you make the move on your own, residents are warm and welcoming, so it's easy to make friends in your new community.

A full calendar of social events and programmed activities, from yoga classes to pottery lessons, ensures you'll never get bored. Plus, scheduled transportation to nearby shops makes it easy to spend a day hitting your favorite stores with a few friends before returning home to your Independent Living apartment or cottage. Finish your day with a stop at the on-site cocktail bar, or enjoy a meal at the Bistro. If you're in search of a more relaxing evening, head home to dive into the latest bestseller you checked out at the on-campus library.

No More Winter Chores

Tired of shoveling driveways, checking pipes, and dealing with drafts? Brandermill Woods handles all those winter chores for you, so you can relax and enjoy the season without worrying about a cold-weather to-do list. Plus, housekeeping services take care of indoor chores year-round, and a per-person meal allotment lets you skip food preparation, and utilize your monthly meal credit in the Bistro or Oscar’s giving you the freedom to pursue your interests instead of spending time cooking and cleaning. 

Maintenance-free living also means you won't be tempted to take on tasks that could pose a hazard. Instead of clearing out gutters or scraping frost off your windshield, you can pursue new interests or take advantage of the many amenities available in the community.


Hazardous conditions caused by snow and ice make driving in winter dangerous, and having easily accessible dining, fitness, health care, and social options simplifies your life. Daily fitness classes keep body and mind healthy, and our community even has an indoor pool, so you can enjoy swimming even on the coldest days of the year.

In addition to the array of choices on campus that reduce your need to drive, Brandermill Woods provides transportation if you need to run into town for any reason. There's no need to brave the elements when you have to make a quick grocery run or pick up a prescription.

Security is also a top concern at Brandermill Woods. State-of-the-art security systems monitor the community, so you can feel confident your home is safe and secure even when you're not present.

Amenities and Comfort

Your cottage or apartment at Brandermill Woods provides a cozy, comfortable home base with an array of community amenities. Each Independent Living apartment has individual temperature controls, so you can maintain an environment that works for you, and the ability to furnish and decorate your space lets you add your personal touch to every inch of your space.

When it comes to exploring your interests, you have plenty of options. Take up a new hobby, or hone your skills in an activity you've enjoyed for years at the woodworking shop, greenhouse, or arts-and-crafts room.

Participating in activities is even more enjoyable with friends. Challenge neighbors to a Scrabble tournament in the game room, or invite a group to join you as you check out a film at the on-site movie theater. If you're feeling especially social during the winter months, reserve the Clubhouse or one of the on-campus private party spaces to host a holiday gathering for friends and family. 

A Great Community Year-Round

Moving into Brandermill Woods during the winter months gives you time to settle into your new home before spring and summer activities ramp up. If you're considering downsizing and want to know more, book a tour, or call us at (804) 744-1173 for more information.