How Halloween can be stress-free for your aging loved one

HalloweenHalloween is fast approaching, and although it’s a time of celebration and fun, it’s also a stressful time for those who suffer from memory loss or Alzheimer’s. Despite its fun and lighthearted notion, Halloween can prove to be an issue for seniors—as well as their family and friends. The constant opening and closing of their door can lead to confusion or other issues, but a caregiver or family member can help make the night much easier.

Memory loss affects everyone differently, but it’s definitely something that needs to be monitored. Many things can seem confusing or different for those who suffer from memory loss, and Halloween can cause confusion for someone who suffers from memory loss. The different costumes, decorations, excitement, and candy and various treats are things that can be hard to relate to if your loved one is having difficulty remembering the Halloween tradition.

Having an in-home caregiver or family member present during Halloween will help prevent any confusion, and ensure your aging loved one is safe throughout the evening. With children approaching the door frequently and ringing the doorbell, it’s best to have a caregiver, family member or friend hand out the candy or treats. Also, if your loved one enjoys Halloween but stresses easily with certain tasks, a caregiver can help with the decorating or purchasing of any candy or treats ahead of time. Extra help will ensure any stressful tasks aren’t completed by your loved one, and their Halloween is as seamless as possible. If your loved one isn’t fond of Halloween and doesn’t want to participate, it’s still a good idea to have someone present to ensure your loved one isn’t answering the door every time someone rings the doorbell or knocks.

Private Home Care Services offers custom plans to ensure all of your needs are met, making it as easy as possible to provide your loved one with the care and attention they need. If you believe a caregiver will help during Halloween, contact us regarding our hourly rates.

About Joan Cisneros LPN

Joan Cisneros is COO and Agency Manager at Private Home Care Services of Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Joan has over 25 years of professional healthcare experience, including Private Duty Home Care, nursing, insurance, case management, training, and operations. Her area of expertise is Alzheimer¹s care, which she knows from both a professional and personal perspective. Her solid capabilities are enhanced by her compassionate approach and her personal mission to help people maintain their independence by providing the best possible home care.