For seniors, participating in the Halloween celebration is harder than it used to be. The holiday can be much scarier and more dangerous for our parents than one might realize. Home Helpers of Katy offers a few safety tips to consider when preparing for celebration.
Online PR News – 21-October-2013 – Katy, Texas – Fall has arrived and with it cooler weather, football and of course Halloween. For many Americans Halloween is a much anticipated holiday. Some would go as far as to say that it is their favorite celebration of the year as it is filled with happy memories of dressing up, giving out candy or going door to door. Seniors are no different; many of them look forward with great delight to the throngs of costumed children and candy, but as people age, fully participating in the holiday is harder than it used to be. Because of age related changes Halloween can be much scarier and more dangerous for our parents than one might realize.
Here are a few tips to safely navigate the twilight witching hour for the young at heart:
• Keep all floors, porches and entry ways free from decorations.
• Add night lights to hallways, walkways and rooms. Keep everything very well lit!
• Avoid window decorations can block the view of front entry.
• Use only safe pumpkin carving tools.
• Light pumpkins with flare less votive.
• Spend the evening with them or send a companion or a professional caregiver. They should plan on staying 4-6 hours or even overnight.
• Help them answer the door and hand out candy.
• When all of the candy is finished, post a sign on the door that reads, “Sorry No More Candy. Happy Halloween!”
• Watch a movie or listen to music and stay away from the front of the house.
“With careful planning and proper attention to some simple precautions, Halloween can still be a wonderful experience for everyone in the family. (quote by Cynthia Bové, owner of Home Helpers of Greater Katy)” “Unfortunately, Halloween festivities take place during a particularly challenging time of day, with the setting of the sun, dusk makes everything a little more difficult to navigate for those with diminishing eye sight or dementia. Rushing to the door to give out candy can cause a fall and costumed characters can be very disorienting to someone with dementia. That is where we can help. We provide, free of charge, a home safety assessment that will point out any possible safety problems in the home. Our caregivers are trained to minimize fall risks and to help alleviate stress for our clients.”
Halloween can increase safety concerns for elderly who live alone or for those who have physical limitations or dementia. Decorations, wet pavement, and decreased daylight hours are just some of the factors that add to the safety challenge. Some of these risks can be minimized or avoided altogether with careful planning. This is not an exhaustive list of recommendations for a safe holiday, but rather a few things to take into consideration when preparing for celebration.
Home Helpers of Greater Katy Home Care Services Include: Companionship Light housekeeping Laundry Grocery shopping Meal preparation Medication reminders Prescription pick-up Errand services Escort to doctor’s visits, etc.