Halloween Safety Tips for Seniors
If you have a senior loved one at home, Halloween can be both fun and stressful, especially considering the continuous threat posed by COVID19. Whether you are a caregiver, or simply want to ensure that your senior loved ones have a safer Halloween,
Some neighborhoods offer events for Halloween, while others do not and the policy may have changed due to the risk posed by COVID19. Speak to your neighbors to find out whether you should expect trick-or-treaters this Halloween. If trick-or-treating is planned, make sure to plan accordingly
Keep The Lights On
While darkness is spooky, it can also be dangerous both for seniors and trick or treaters who happen to have impaired vision. Make sure that your porch and the doorway are well lit for trick or treaters.
Decide How Trick or Treating Will Work in Your Home
If your neighborhood has a tradition of trick-or-treaters, make sure that you have a plan. If you have a senior in your home who is vaccinated and feels comfortable giving out candy. If the comfort level is questionable or if handing out candy isn’t feasible, consider leaving some candy on your porch with a sign to take one or simply alert your neighbors that your house will not be open for trick-or-treating.
Avoid Travel and Driving
Halloween can get busy and even a little bit wild. If you're caring for a senior loved one, Halloween may be a night to stay home and watch movies instead of traveling.
If you are feeling stressed about caring for a loved one during Halloween or in general, consider recruiting help. Asking for help before you exhaust yourself can help ensure that your loved one receives the care that they deserve and that you get a much-deserved break.
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