Halloween Activities You Can Do with a Loved One in a Senior Facility
You may think of Halloween as a holiday for kids, but it can also be a great time for seniors. If you have an elderly loved one living in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home, Halloween can provide a chance for you to create an extra special visit.
Bring the Generations Together
Taking your kids to the senior facility can brighten the day for your loved one, as well as the other elders the kids interact with. Have the kids show off their costumes; nothing is quite as cute as a kid dressed up for Halloween! If the facility allows, your kids can even go trick-or-treating there. This could be done in a single community room, with the seniors sitting in chairs in various places around the room. Provide the seniors with candy to give out and have the kids go from one to the other, saying “trick-or-treat,” and accepting the candies.
Another activity that is fun for all generations is decorating pumpkins. Carving pumpkins with a knife may not be a safe activity for your elderly loved one, but painting funny or scary faces on pumpkins is a wonderful alternative.
If your elderly loved one has trouble communicating with words or has dementia, this project can have a profound positive effect. Creating art stimulates the brains of seniors and enriches their lives in multiple ways.
Exercise your loved one’s memory by playing a Halloween trivia game. Create questions about scary movies you know your loved one has seen or about things you know he or she has done in the past. Questions that evoke memories of good times you have shared with your loved one are especially beneficial.
When creating questions, make them slightly challenging for your loved one’s ability level, but not too hard. The sweet spot is in questions that encourage your loved one to access their memory more, without reaching the point of frustration.
Get Involved in the Facility’s Activities
Check to see if the assisted living community or the nursing home have planned any Halloween activities for residents. If they do have plans, ask if you can help with the planning or assist at the event itself.
What to Do if You Ever Need Legal Assistance
Spending a happy day with your elderly loved one gives you a special memory to treasure forever. Unfortunately, your loved one may have experiences that are not as joyous. If you ever suspect your loved one is being abused, talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer. Call Garcia& Artigliere at (800) 281-8515 to find out how we can help.