While seniors love to see children in costumes on Halloween night, the constant door-knocking, masked visitors and unfamiliar faces can be intimidating.
That’s why one in-home care company is offering “Halloween helpers” to make it possible for seniors to experience the fun and not the fear.
Dr. Joseph Howells, 85, of Brookfield, said he loves the holiday. However, his wheelchair makes it difficult for him to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.
This year, he has a helper named Karli Hill.
“She's my right hand and my left hand,” Howells said.
Hill said she works as a caretaker for Visiting Angels, a homecare agency.
This year, the company decided to offer the complimentary Halloween Helper service to its clients.
Hill and other employees will not only buy the candy, but they’ll help their clients answer the door and give them piece of mind.
“They have scary outfits on and it can just put a little fear into their eyes not knowing who is behind that mask,” Hill said.
Aside from the companionship and sense of security, Halloween Helpers also assist in preparing seniors’ homes for a safe holiday.
“We make sure they keep their lights on outside, that the paths are clear [and] make sure that the doorways are set,” said Tom Dolan, Visiting Angels owner.
For Howells, he said that while he’s never been the victim of violent, he’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to Oct. 31.
"The neighbors look after me somewhat but I can't expect them to stand guard over me,” he said. “And that’s where Karli comes in."
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