October is here, which means that many people are thinking about celebrating Halloween with their families. While this can be a fun and festive time for you, especially if you have little children who are looking forward to getting dressed up in their costumes and going out exploring the neighborhood in search of treats, if you are a family caregiver, it can be an intimidating time as well.
Halloween is a time of tricks and mischief, and while most of the time it is lighthearted fun, some people take this time as an opportunity to be tricky in less innocent ways as well. There are also other seasonal dangers that can put your parent at risk. Taking steps to protect them can help to ensure that your parent, and the rest of your family, can enjoy the holiday more.
October is designated as Halloween Safety Month. Use these tips to help ensure that your aging parent can stay safe throughout this month and while enjoying celebrating with your family and friends:
• Keep the lights burning. Darkness only encourages mischief, especially during Halloween time. Encourage your parent to keep the lights outside of their home burning all evening, as well as at least one inside. This may encourage trick-or-treaters to visit, so if your parent is not planning on handing out treats, consider putting out a sign that says “out of candy” or encourages them to visit other neighbors.
• Keep the home secure. If your parent does want to give out treats to children, make sure that they know they should hand them out on their porch or sidewalk, not inside. It is important not to allow anyone unknown inside the home or to leave the door unlocked on the festive evening. If your parent lives in an area where the weather is warm enough, they may want to consider staying outside with you or a caregiver on a porch swing or chair for the busiest part of the evening.
• Team up. Avoid leaving your parent alone Halloween evening. Be with them or have a caregiver come spend the evening with them to create a stronger front and to keep your parent company.
• Avoid real flames. A burning jack o’ lantern is an enduring symbol of the holiday, but it can also be dangerous. Encourage your parent to swap their real flames for battery operated candles so they can keep their porch celebratory without the danger.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be challenging and stressful. Fortunately, home care can help. An in-home care provider can be with your parent to fill any care gaps that might exist, ensuring that your senior gets all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need to stay as healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as possible. Through a set of highly personalized services this caregiver can help your parent to pursue a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and independent as possible while they age in place, while also helping them to reach their care goals.
As a family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that when you are not able to be with your parent, they are still in good hands, getting everything that they need to maintain their quality of life. This enables you to not only focus more on the quality of care that you give your parent, but also on the other needs and obligations in your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Pineville NC, please call the professional staff at Caring at Heart today at (704) 379-7510. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail.