Halloween is an event that provides fond childhood memories for most people, including the elderly. However, as they get older and may suffer from Dementia or other physical/mental limitations, Halloween can cause fear or unusual behaviour leading up to Halloween itself. Strangers knocking on the door in the evening is not a safe environment for some elderly who live on their own therefore using Home Instead’s tips, Halloween can be a much safer event for the elderly to enjoy.
Halloween Safety Tips for the Elderly
- Keep all floors, entry ways and porches free of decorations.
- Add night lights to hallways, walkways and rooms, and keep well lit
- Avoid window decorations that block light or view of front entry
- Spend the evening with them, be available to help answer door, keep them safe.
Don't leave an elderly person with Dementia or physical limitations home alone on Halloween
- Maybe there are community events they could attend or invite them to your house for the evening
- Use professional care companies such as Home Instead to keep them safe and provide comfort
- Help them answer the door and hand out candy if they wish (some still really enjoy Halloween)
- Be prepared; movies, books, music, crafts are all a good way to ensure your loved one is distracted from what is happening outside while enjoying their evening themselves.
- Follow dietary instructions; avoid over indulgence of chocolate or sugar.
Remember, Halloween can be a scary time for the elderly, be sensitive to what they can tolerate and do your best to keep them safe and help them enjoy their evening themselves.