A local in-home care company, Visiting Angels, is helping senior citizens get through the holidays, safely. Susan Kerr, Director of Visiting Angels in Corpus Christi says, “This way, it’s not so overwhelming or intimidating for our seniors. So this is a way for our seniors to have security, but also give families a piece of mind that their loved ones are not alone.”
Halloween Helpers will provide that safe environment for a senior who wants the extra company and help. With help decorating for Halloween, buying candy from the store, paving the walkways for a safe way to and from the front door, as well as passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.
For senior Bill Langley, these are simple tasks that he needs help with daily. “I can’t put up lights anymore. Even if somebody gave me a staple gun, I couldn’t get the lights put up,” says Langley, who has Parkinson’s disease.
Langley says he remembers Halloween as a time to get together with kids in the neighborhood and see how much candy you can get through the night, “and you’d come home with a big sack of candy and you’d poor it out in your room and see how long it’d last.”
Langley’s caregiver has helped put up decorations in his home, buy Halloween candy and will be there to give out candy and support Bill.
Visiting Angels suggests seniors prepare for Halloween with this checklist:
✓ Don’t play music outside for Halloween guests – be aware of your surroundings.
For more information on how to have a Halloween Helper for a senior you know, you can find that here