The History of Groundhog Day and In Home Care for Seniors

February 2 marks the annual American tradition of watching whether or not the infamous Pennsylvania groundhog sees his shadow as he emerges from his home in Gobbler’s Knob.  This tradition is used to predict the remaining length of the winter season.  Many towns celebrate this holiday with festivals and gatherings.  This yearly tradition of watching as Punxsutawney Phil makes his appearance began centuries ago.  This holiday is rooted in watching the movements of the sun and the effects on the earth’s creatures as people looks for signs of warmer weather ahead in the patterns in animals.  The Germans believed that badgers had powers to predict and used their knowledge to base their decision to begin planting crops for the season.  Native Americans also adopted this tradition and watched the groundhog, as it was an animal they considered to be wise and sensible. 

Groundhog Day started taking place right in the middle of the winter when food sources had begun to get scarce.  People needed to look to traditions as hope for signs of relief of the bitter cold and hardship.  If the groundhog saw his shadow and was scared by it, he will retreat back to his hole to continue his long winter slumber.  If the day is cloudy and he is unable to see his shadow, he will remain above ground in anticipation of an early spring. 

Although the rodent’s forecast is often inaccurate and has only been proven correct about thirty percent of the time, it is still a fun way to break up the long winter and find some hope that spring, growth, and warm winter will return again.

No matter what happens on Groundhog Day, it is nice to know that in home care for seniors can help to weather out the rest of the winter, even if the groundhog see his shadow.  The helpful and compassionate caregivers will make sure your loved one is safe and prepared for any potential weather problems.  If spring is just around the corner, you can trust that your loved will receive daily companionship and in home assistance that will benefit their lives and allow them to live independently in the comforts of home for as long as possible. 

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home care for seniors, along with the many benefits of professional live in care for the elderly, or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Thousand Palms to speak to a senior care specialist today 760-343-5533!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Thousand Palms provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, and surrounding areas.


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