HIGH POINT, N.C. - Halloween is right around the corner.
You probably don't mind little clowns, superheroes, or princesses knocking on your door for trick-or-treat.
Seniors, however, could be a little overwhelmed.
Visiting Angels, one of the nation's largest in-home senior care companies, is offering seniors and their families Halloween Helpers.
Halloween Helpers make it possible for seniors to experience the fun, not the fear, of Halloween.
Helpers shop for candy, answer the door, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and provide seniors peace of mind.
Helpers also provide companionship and a sense of security to prevent any possible troublemakers from knocking on the front door at night.
If you're interested in hiring a Halloween Helper, you can call your local Visiting Angels or click here.
Halloween Helpers Checklist:
- Provide companionship and a sense of security so any possible troublemakers get the idea more than one person is living in the home.
- Never leave a senior with dementia or physical limitations home alone on Halloween – they are more sensitive to noises and unfamiliar faces.
- Keep guests outside - never let an unknown trick-or-treater inside to use the bathroom or make a phone call.
- Turn on interior and exterior lights during trick-or-treating hours even if no one is home or if the senior chooses not to answer the door.
- While a dark home may signal to trick-or-treaters that there is no candy, it also tells vandals the house could be empty
- Stay inside while handing out candy.
- Post a sign on the door that says "Sorry, No More Candy" when the goodies run out.
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.