Visiting Angels offer seniors an opportunity for ‘Halloween Helpers’

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Visiting Angels wants to offer safety tips and advice to senior community members before this year’s Halloween festivities.

The in-home care company believes with unfamiliar faces and masked children and adults knocking at their doors, Halloween night may be intimidating to senior citizens, so it’s offering seniors the chance to hire a “Halloween Helper.” 

According to a news release, Visiting Angels’ Halloween Helpers shop for candy, prepare seniors’ homes for a safe Halloween, answer the door, help hand out candy to trick-or-treaters and simply provide seniors peace of mind when company approaches their homes.

If seniors decide to use the service, a Halloween Helper will:

– 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, and 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.

-Stay inside while handing out candy.

– Post a sign on the door that says “Sorry, No More Candy” when the goodies run out.Also, during Halloween season, seniors can take precaution by:

-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.

-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.

-Be aware of your surroundings

To hire a Halloween Helper, call (478) 971 -1606.

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