Halloween During the COVID Era: Tips for Protecting Vulnerable Family Members
While candy and costume-loving children often have the most fun during Halloween, the holiday can be entertaining for adults of all ages. For seniors, giving out candy to the neighborhood children, enjoying spooky movies with the family, and seeing their grandkids in costume can be a source of enjoyment. In the wake of COVID-19, however, safely celebrating Halloween can be a challenge. Here’s what you need to do to protect your family:
Check Local Guidelines
Depending on where you live, trick-or-treating may still be allowed in your neighborhood. If you have a vulnerable senior at home, you will want to take steps to protect them, and the rest of your family. On the other hand, if trick-or-treating has been limited, in your area.
Speak to Your Neighbors
If your loved one’s building or neighborhood is trying to do something for the local kids arrange to have a neighbor distribute the candy or leave a note by the door explaining that you have an at-risk individual in the residence.
If you’re living separately from an elderly loved one, dress up the whole family and show them off via a video call through either Zoom or another video-chat app. You can even hand kids in the family some candy from their grandparents.
Enlist the Help of a Caregiver
If you’re not around during Halloween but have entrusted a medical or a non-medical caregiver with your loved one’s well-being, make sure that they are aware of any Halloween-related activities. This will help ensure that your loved one is masked and protected in case someone comes to the door.
Create Time Together
If you’re caring for an elderly loved one in your home, make this Halloween a time for spooky movies and room-to-room trick or treating- especially if you’re living in a high-risk city.