While Halloween is a fun time for youth to dress up and roam around the neighborhoods for candy, it can be a scary time for seniors living alone.
Seeing the masked visitors and unfamiliar faces can be intimidating, and studies show that one-third of seniors live alone.
Visiting Angels wants to be sure that every senior feels safe this Halloween by offering “Halloween Helpers.”
Halloween Helpers are available to shop for candy, help prepare for visitors, answer the door on Halloween night and simply provide seniors peace of mind during the flood of front-door company. .
“If family can’t be with their senior loved one that night, Visiting Angels’ ’Halloween Helpers’ make it possible for seniors to experience the fun (not the fear) of the holiday,” the company said.
They also offered some tips for seniors living alone on Halloween.
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.
For more information, give the Living Angels a call at (361) 854-2800 or visit their website here.