While Halloween can be a great amount of fun for children, it can be somewhat confusing or even dangerous for seniors, especially those with dementia. The risks that seniors face on Halloween come mainly from getting up and down repeatedly to answer the door for trick-or-treaters, answering the door for strangers, and confusion due to dementia related problems.
Getting up and down to answer the door doesn't seem like a hazardous activity for most people,however for someone who is unstable; the transition from standing to sitting is when a fall is very likely to happen. Repeat this over and over again to pass out candy to the neighborhood children and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
The likely solution for most seniors who live in neighborhoods with active Halloween activity is to simply lock the door and turn out the lights and not participate. But what if your Mom or Dad or Grandparent was that person who always loved Halloween, even long after their own children had moved out? Why should they not participate in one of their favorite fall holidays?
A caregiver from Synergy HomeCare can offer a good solution.
A caregiver can provide companionship for the evening, and help in handing out candy with their client and make it an enjoyable night and a safe night.
A caregiver can also provide safety by protecting your Mom, Dad, Grandparent or other loved one from those who use Halloween as an excuse to prey on seniors who otherwise would not open the door for strangers. With the safety of seniors at risk more and more, having a caregiver can offer peace of mind to both you and your loved one.
Finally,a caregiver is a great benefit for those facing dementia. Typically symptoms of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are worse after dark, a condition called Sundowners. Having a caregiver to repeat what day it is and why people are coming to the door offers reassurance and comfort instead of confusion and fear of strangers.
If you are facing any of these issues with caring for a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, or just worried about someone you love, please give Synergy HomeCare of North Georgia a call today at 770-783-2323. We look forward to providing peace of mind for you and your family.