Elderly and Halloween - making your loved ones feel safe
Once a year the shelves are stocked with sweets and scary costumes, all in preparation for Halloween. It’s a day that lots of people enjoy, but it’s also a worrying day for some, especially the older community.
Strangers knocking at the door, mostly dressed up or wearing masks, even sometimes showing threatening behaviour – it’s no wonder that Halloween can bring an evening of anxiousness to the older generation.
There are lots of ways to ensure the safety of your loved one, especially if they are living on their own. Here are just some of the things you can do:
No decorations, no knocking
Many towns now abide by the ‘no decorations, no knocking’ rule, so make sure that the front door is free of any pumpkins or decorations, that way people know that you do not want to be disturbed.
Put the door chain on or use the door spy hole to see who is there before opening the door. If you don’t feel safe opening the door, then keep it closed, you are not obliged to open the door for anyone.
Put a note asking people not to knock
Much like the no decorations rule, it’s a good idea to put a sign on the door kindly asking trick or treaters to stay away. You can make your own or look for a template online.
Be at your loved one’s side
If your elderly loved one wants to get involved in the festivities, then make sure someone is with them to answer the door and avoid any unnecessary stress, especially if the trick-or-treaters are in large groups.
No more sweets
Put a sign on the door saying ‘no more sweets’ once you have run out, so people know to no longer knock.
Don’t leave someone living with dementia on their own
If your loved one is living with dementia, don’t leave them on their own, sit with them or invite them out for a welcome distraction. Unwelcome people knocking at the door can be incredibly frightening and confusing for somebody living with dementia.
They may sound like very simple tips, but they are all ways to help your loved one feel safe, something that is of the upmost importance.
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