Caring for the Elderly this Bonfire Night

It’s the season of bright lights and sparkly sounds, and naturally we want to celebrate with our loved ones and come together again. It is important that we remember how our elderly loved ones may be feeling about all the excitement,
especially those with dementia. Here at Portland, we take pride in the way we care for our residents, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to help you support those dear to you this bonfire night.

Reassurance is Important

It’s important to communicate what will be happening to your loved one. Let them know if there is a local firework display, or if you are planning a party they are invited to. Ask them whether or not they would like to be involved.
Tell them about how you and your community are planning to celebrate the night and reassure them. It won’t be a surprise when they hear loud noises and see flashes nearby and if they walk into a house full of people.

Have a Feast

Food is a great way to bring people together, and for the elderly this is no exception. Putting out a spread that includes foods from a person’s childhood can help to bring back those happy nostalgic memories. It’s also a lovely way to make mealtimes more fun and engaging, especially important for those who may find eating particularly challenging.

Reminisce

This season has a wonderful magic in it. Talk to your loved ones about their life growing up and their best memories of the festive season. We’re sure you’ll be giggling in no time and you might find out new things about them. For
those with dementia, reminiscence is a great way to get the to open up and express their feelings.

Take Part Safely

It’s a great idea to watch fireworks from a safe distance, or perhaps even inside if someone is feeling particularly anxious. Being able to enjoy the display without too much noise or too big of a crowd can make it much more
enjoyable.

Make sure they are wrapped up warm in suitable clothing and perhaps bring hot beverages. Ear defenders can help to cancel out the loud bangs if they are comfortable wearing these.

Although the idea of including an elderly person can seem quite daunting, with careful planning and thought it can be a really engaging and enjoyable experience for them.

For more information about the care we offer to our residents, visit our home page.

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