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Tips for seniors on Halloween


October 25, 2017

While seniors may love to see children in costumes on Halloween night, the constant door knocking, masked visitors and unfamiliar faces can be intimidating. After all, one-third of all seniors who live at home, live alone and most are women.

One company offers a solution to that situation. Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home care companies for seniors in the nation, allows seniors and their families a chance to hire a "Halloween Helper" on Oct. 31. The company provides help to families who can't be with their senior loved one that night, making it possible for seniors to experience the fun (not the fear) of the holiday.

Of course, that doesn't happen around Goldendale, since it isn't a metropolitan Market. But Visiting Angels still offers these useful tips for seniors on what can sometimes be a troubling evening:

"Halloween Helpers" Checklist:

✓ Provide companionship and a sense of security so any possible troublemakers get the idea more than one person is living in the home.

• Never leave a senior with dementia or physical limitations home alone on Halloween-they are more sensitive to noises and unfamiliar faces.

✓ Keep guests outside - never let an unknown trick-or-treater inside to use the bathroom or make a phone call.

✓ Turn on interior and exterior lights during trick-or-treating hours even if no one is home or if the senior chooses not to answer the door.

• While a dark home may signal to trick-or-treaters that there is no candy, it also tells vandals the house could be empty

✓ Stay inside while handing out candy.

✓ Post a sign on the door that says "Sorry, No More Candy" when the goodies run out.

Senior Halloween Safety Tips:

✓ Make sure all floors, entry ways and porches are free from decorations

✓ Remove any Halloween décor that involves flames, such as a lit pumpkin, from outside stairs and footpaths. This is a fire hazard for the dozens of kids stopping by with tails and capes.

✓ Place carved pumpkins outside to keep the smell out and bugs away.

✓ Add night lights to hallways, walkways and rooms.

✓ Avoid window decorations that block light or the view of the front entry.

✓ Don't play music outside for Halloween guests-be aware of your surroundings.


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