Family Halloween Safety Tips Seniors, Parents and Children

Family Halloween Safety Tips 

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SeniorsParents and Children.

Here at myhomecare we love to celebrate Halloween and that is why we want you to have the best Halloween possible this year. It can however be  a chaotic and stressful time of year for many with people dressed in costumes, trick – or – treaters, parties, fireworks among other things. That’s why we have put together a list of top tips to make sure you and your family get the most out of your Halloween without having to worry.

Below is details of our ‘Family Halloween safety tips Seniors, Parents and Children.’

Seniors

The brighter the better:

Keep you home well lit during the night, with both interior and exterior lights. Although a dark home will discourage trick- or-treaters from knocking on your door, it can also attract other unwanted company. Vandals may see a dark home and presume it’s empty.

Trick-or-Treaters: 

When entertaining trick- or- treaters avoid individuals entering your home if alone. If someone asks to use the bathroom or for a glass of water, don’t feel pressured, you can say   ‘NO’. It is your home, you decide who is invited inside.

Friends and family:

If you are living alone and feeling anxious about Halloween, invite family or friends to drop by and visit for a couple of hours. If possible, stay overnight with a friend or relative.

Pet safety:

keep pets indoors if possible on Halloween night, fireworks and noise can scare pets, especially dogs. They also provide another level of security if you are home alone.

Safety while driving :

If you plan to drive on Halloween, be extra mindful of children crossing the road. Children get very excited on Halloween and pay less attention when crossing roads. Drive slow through busy streets, roads and housing estates, be on the lookout for children in dark costumes.

Parents

Children supervision:

Younger Children trick- or – treating should be accompanied by adults at all times.

Children’s costumes:

If possible avoid dark coloured costumes on younger children. Prevent accidents by making sure costumes are fitted correctly and not too long. Add reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see children.

Trick – or –Treat Route:

If you are not accompanying your child trick – or – treating, plan out their route with them, what time they will start and what time you expect them back.

Halloween Party: 

If you want to avoid your younger children from trick – or –treating throw a Halloween party. Invite friends and neighbours to come in costumes and get them involved in Halloween party games, in no time they will forget all about trick – or – treating.

Good Meal:

Give your children a nutritious meal before trick – or – treating. This will help reduce the amount of snacking and sweets they will eat later.

Fireworks:

If you are holding a fireworks display at your home or visiting a friends, make sure you know where children are at all times.  Under no circumstance should children be allowed to play with fireworks. Light fireworks in an open outdoor area, avoid lighting near dry grass or foliage.

Children

Road safety :

Look both ways before crossing the roads.

Brightly lit houses :

Only go to homes that are well lit and carry a flash light.

Sweets and Treats: 

Do not eat opened sweets or treats, be aware if you have food allergies. If you are unsure about a treat, don’t eat it!

Be aware of strangers:

Only accept sweets and treats from the front door of someone’s home.
DO NOT ENTER A STRANGERS HOME!

Contact details:

Attach your parents contact number and address to inside of costumes and treat bags. If you don’t have a mobile carry some spare change for emergency phone call.

Conscious of elderly:

Be conscious of the elderly at home alone, Halloween can make seniors anxious and nervous. If you know elderly people live in a house nearby, keep noise levels to a minimum.

Respect for others:

If you knock at a door and nobody answers then leave peacefully, not everyone celebrates Halloween.Happy Halloween pic

 

 

 

 

 

Further information can be found at the following links:

  • Senior Strategies: Halloween safety tips for seniors:

http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20121031/senior-strategies-halloween-safety-tips-for-seniors

  • Ten Halloween Safety Tips:

https://canadasafetycouncil.org/child-safety/ten-halloween-safety-tips

  • Halloween safety tips for senior citizens:

http://www.examiner.com/article/halloween-safety-tips-for-senior-citizens

  • Fireworks Safety Keeps Celebrations Injury Free:

http://childcare.about.com/od/hottopicsinchildcare/a/fireworks.htm

Dundalk Age Friendly Consumer Fair October 2014

It’s all happening in Dundalk this weekend! We are all very excited at myhomecareie.wpengine.com headquarters in Dundalk ahead of The  Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair at The Crowne Plaza on Sunday 5th October 2014 and are very proud to be primary sponsors for this great event.

The fair is a unique opportunity to learn about the innovative products and services to enhance and secure our lives as we live longer & the great news is that it’s FREE.

With thousands of local people expected to attend the Louth Age Friendly Business Fair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, it promises to be a fun filled day with plenty to see.

Louth is Ireland’s first age-friendly county, and a multitude of business and services for older people will be on display at the third annual fair. From roaring success year on year, over 3,000 people annually have attended the event and experienced an array of innovative products and services that will enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.

The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTE Dragons Den and chairperson of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum.

Examples of what you can avail of on the day:

Learn how new innovate products can assist in the daily activities of living

Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one in their own home and in the community

Listen to informative talks on matters that concern older people including Cardiac First Responder Programmes and Dementia Friendly Communities

Learn about those businesses who offer products and services for older people, to assist them in living longer and healthier lives in the best possible way

As well as over 50 Age Friendly business exhibitors, leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law and many more will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information. A full profile of all exhibitors will be available over the coming months on http://www.agefriendly.ie/louthagefriendly and multiple media.

Guest speakers in the “Parlour” will be Barry Hennessey who will speak about  the  Linked Community Cardiac First Responder Scheme and also Marie Hayes & Mary Gaughran who will talk about  Dementia Supports in Community.

The  event is supported by the Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Louth Economic Forum,  Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Louth Older Peoples Forum.

A discount of 10% is being offered on all myhomecareie.wpengine.com home help packages to those who attend the Louth Age Friendly. Please pop by to our stand and ask for your unique discount code from our myhomecareie.wpengine.com team.

So come along, enjoy the atmosphere and make the most out of your Sunday by supporting this fantastic event.

 

 

 

Care Assistants of the Month August 2014

Care Assistants of the Month August 2014

Here at myhome care we believe that hard work deserves recognition. We have an exceptional team that works with us both internally and externally. They are dedicated, hard working, reliable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure our care recipients and families receive the best quality of care. This month we have been rewarding our cares for the fantastic work they have been carrying out through out the country.

Carer of the Month August 2014

Our Carer of the Month for August 2014 Felicia Ojo being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Well done and congratulations Felicia.

Carer of the month august 2014(Left to right: Alvinia Byrne, Felicia Ojo and Janelle Higgins.)     

“Going the extra mile”

Cathy Cullinane, Julie Welby and Comfort Anakwa Brown were also recognised for “Going the extra mile” and were presented with some flowers at our myhomecareie.wpengine.com quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations ladies and keep up the good work.

Above and beyond aug awards 1   (Left to right: Cathy Cullinane and Moira Culkin)

Above and beyond aug award 2(Left to right: Julie Welby and Moira Culkin)

Above and beyond aug award 3

(Left to right: Comfort Anakwa Brown and Moira Culkin)

Previous Carer of the Month Winners

May 2014

Our Carer of the Month for May 2014 Rita Hughes being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Rita.  

Carer of the month May 2014  (Left to right: Maeve O’Brien, Alvinia Byrne, Janelle Higgins, Rita Hughes and Moira Culkin)

June 2014

Our Carer of the Month for June 2014 Margery Dowling being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Margery.

Carer of the month june 2014

(Left to right:Janelle Higgins, Margery Dowling and Moira Culkin)

July 2014

Our Carer of the Month for July 2014 Aoife Fox being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Aoife. 

Carere of the month July 2014

(Left to right: Alvinia Byrne, Aoife Fox and Moira Culkin)

We would like to thank all of our carers for their hard work and dedication. Their can only be one winner each moth and this is no easy task to pick. Keep up the good work and next month it could be you.

Louth Age Friendly Consumer Fair 2014

Louth Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair

Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Sunday 5th October 2014 – Midday to 5.00pm

A unique opportunity to learn about the innovative products and services to enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.

Within the Northeast region, Louth is seen as leading the way in developing a range of age-friendly initiatives and related new products and services. These developments are happening across the board with businesses, within communities and among the public services.

As we grow older our needs and aspirations change, so what range of products and services are available to help enhance the wonderful opportunity of living longer?

Following on from the success the 2012 & 2013 Age-Friendly Business Consumer Fair , we will once again seek to provide information on what products and services are available for older people.

Attendees will be able to

• Learn how new innovate products can assist in the daily activities of living

• Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one in their own home and in the community

• Listen to informative talks on matters that concern older people including Cardiac First Responder Programmes and Dementia Friendly Communities

• Learn about those businesses who offer products and services for older people, to assist them in living longer and healthier lives in the best possible way

As well as over 40 Age Friendly business exhibitors, leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law and many more will be on hand to give advice and provide valuable information. A full profile of all exhibitors will be available over the coming months on www.agefriendly.ie/louthagefriendly and multiple media.

Guest speakers in the ‘Parlour’ will be Barry Hennessey who will speak about the Linked Community Cardiac First Responder Scheme and also Marie Hayes & Mary Gaughran who will talk about Dementia Supports in Community.

The special guest on the day will be businessman Gavin Duffy, star of RTE Dragon’s Den and chairperson of the Louth Age Friendly Business Forum.
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If you would like to book a stand for your products or services please email brenda@dundalk.ie to book a stand or call Tel: 042 9336343 – Book now as places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event on Sunday 5th October in the Crowne Plaza.

The event is supported by the Louth Age-Friendly County Initiative, Age-Friendly Business Forum, Louth Economic Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Louth Older Peoples Forum.

(Source: www.dundalk.ie)