For most, Halloween brings back fond memories of pumpkin carving, dressing up as our favorite character and going door to door collecting endless amounts of candy. Many seniors enjoy reminiscing these past times while handing out candy to the costumed children from their neighborhood. However, for those seniors suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer’s or other physical limitations, Halloween can instill negative feelings and fear which can contribute to negative behaviors leading up to and on the evening itself.
On top of the negative feelings and fear that can arise, the lack of security and safety involved in strangers coming to the door during the evening hours is not conducive to a safe environment for elderly who are living alone. They can quickly become targets for those who look to take advantage of the Halloween tradition of opening your door for strangers.
New Frontier Home Care stresses how important it is to make the seniors in our lives feel safe and to help them look forward to events and holidays they may have once enjoyed. Below, we have come up a few tips and tricks that can help to minimize the negatives and maximize the positives of this holiday night!
Halloween Safety Tips for Seniors
- Keep decorations clear from floors, entry ways and steps
- Add night-lights to hallways, walkways, rooms and entry ways
- Use safe pumpkin carving tools
- Light pumpkins with a flame-less votive
- Spend the evening with them and help answer the door
Extra Precautions for Seniors with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.
- Take them to a community event or a family home
- Return home after dusk
- Send a companion or hire a professional caregiver to spend the evening or stay overnight
- Put a sign out that reads “No More Candy” to deter children from continuously ringing the doorbell
- Be prepared with books, music, crafts, etc. to distract
- Follow dietary instructions; avoid over-indulgence of sugar
At New Frontier Home Care, it is our mission to help the senior population age gracefully in the comfort of their own home. These are just a few of the things we can suggest for you to do to alleviate the stress and negative feelings that Halloween may cause. The most important thing you can do is be sensitive to what your loved one can tolerate and provide them with a relaxing and comfortable environment that suites their needs!
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! You can also fill out our “Contact Us” form on our website.
Call: (832) 602-2282
Contact Form: www.nfhcare.com/get-started
Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.