October marks the return of our #BewareWhoYouScare campaign. Even if you don’t celebrate Halloween, October can be a spooky month. The temperature starts to drop and the nights drawing in sooner can be very overwhelming for the vulnerable people in our community. Not to mention COVID-19 still fills many in our community with anxiety.
What is our ‘Beware Who You Scare’ campaign?
Each year in October, we like to remind families to be mindful when out trick-or-treating. Halloween is a particularly scary time for those living with various stages of dementia. It can also affect those living alone and people who have sensory impairments. The days are getting shorter and social distancing restrictions are no more. People out enjoying Halloween celebrations may make a lot of noise when walking around the neighbourhood. Understandably, this time of year can be very distressing and cause anxiety to some in our community.
If you choose to go out trick-or-treating with your family try to be mindful of the person behind the door. We have created a poster for those who might not want trick-or-treaters coming to their door this year, which can be placed in the window or on the door.
Know someone who might benefit from our ‘Beware Who You Scare’ poster? Click the link below to download and print a copy for them to display.
How you can help
If you have a vulnerable relative or neighbour who may be affected this Halloween, you will want to make sure they stay safe. You can help them prepare for the evening by letting them know to expect knocks on the door. Make sure they are aware that they are not obliged to answer the door if they do not want to.
Make sure they feel safe
They may want to take part in the Halloween celebrations and hand out sweets at their door. If so, try and arrange a time for you or your family to come and visit. If they are frightened or nervous, it may be best to have someone stay with them to make them feel more comfortable. This could be a friend, family member or a Care Assistant. But make sure if they have guests visiting in the evening, that they schedule a time so they know when to expect them. Having some company can be a great distraction from the spooky things outside, but a companion can also help answer the door if they wish to take part.
A bit about us
At Heritage Healthcare we aim to make all our clients feel safe and comfortable at home. Our hand-picked team of Care Assistants support clients with bespoke care services tailored to their needs. Our companionship service provides clients with a friendly, trusted face to help them remain living at home for longer.
To find out more about our services and how we can help support you or your loved ones, visit our services page here. Alternatively, visit our contact page for a no obligations chat about our services here.