When you’re a sandwich generation caregiver, it’s often hard to balance your dad’s care needs and your children’s activities. How can you make sure everyone is happy on Halloween this year?
Everyone Needs to Be Safe
If your dad walks with your kids while trick or treating, make sure everyone is safe. He should hold onto someone if he doesn’t have great balance. A cane or walking stick is also useful.
Flashlights, light-colored clothing, and reflective materials help make sure you’re all visible. You can get LED flashing dog leashes if you bring your dog or LED flashing lights to attach to your dad’s jacket.
See If Your Community Hosts a Truck-or-Treat Event
Some communities have shifted to truck-or-treat events. Instead of walking around the streets, you walk around a school or community building’s parking lot where people hand out goodies from their trunks. As the parking lots are paved, your dad should have an easier time walking around.
You could also look for trick-or-treating events in an area mall. If your dad needs new clothing or shoes, you can get two things done at once.
Have a Halloween-Themed Dinner
Invite the grandkids and other close family members for a Halloween-themed dinner. Everyone can bring a dish that your dad enjoys. Those dishes can have a Halloween twist, such as spaghetti and meatballs. In addition to the meatballs, take some larger mozzarella balls that have a sliced black olive to create an eyeball.
Make a tossed salad and use sliced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella circles, and green olives to form an eyeball. A bundt cake decorated with black buttercream to look like a spider can round out the meal.
After the meal, watch family-friendly scary movies together. The choice of movies will depend on the age of the children.
Stock Up on Allowable Treats
If your dad has diabetes or heart disease and isn’t allowed to have sugary treats, respect how hard it may be for him to have tempting snacks in the house. Get snacks to hand out that your dad can eat. Packets of roasted almonds or other nuts, bottles of unsweetened tea, and dried edamame are all ideas.
Your kids can have candy if you allow it, but make sure it’s out of sight. You might want to get items that they enjoy that aren’t too bad if your dad does eat them, such as pretzels, naturally-sweetened snack bars, or trail mix.
Have Caregivers Stay With Him
If you need a break, talk to a senior home care expert about respite care. While you’re spending time on Halloween taking your children trick-or-treating, Caregivers will stay with him while you go out. Arrange senior home care and take time out to ensure your children get equal attention.