Guy Fawkes, bonfires and fireworks. It’s the time of year many of us enjoy and naturally want to spend with all of our loved ones. At Crouched Friars we understand how important this is, especially during special times of the year, such as Bonfire Night. So we’ve put together a few tips on how to help you and your loved one enjoy the festivities.
Let your loved ones know about any parties you are planning or what may be happening in their local area. Is there a firework display nearby, or when they visit will you have more people in the house than usual? Do they want to be involved or would they rather stay safely inside? Let them know about how you and your community are planning to celebrate the night and reassure them. This way there should be no suprises if they hear loud noises or are going to be around more people than usual.
Have a Feast
There are more to the celebrations than the fireworks and bonfire. Focusing on the food can really bring people together, so put on a spread that evokes memories from your loved ones past. This is a great way to get someone with dementia more engaged in the experience and can encourage those who find eating challenging to try out more foods from their past.
Bonfire has been celebrated annually for years, so talk to your loved ones about their life growing up and their favourite memories of the season. We’re sure you’ll be engaged in conversation in no time and you will probably learn something new about them.
Take Part Safely
Watch fireworks from a safe distance, or perhaps even inside if someone is feeling particularly anxious. It’s possible to enjoy displays without the loud noise or too large of a crowd, and this can make it much more enjoyable for everyone.
Wear appropriate clothing and remember that the elderly will feel the cold more than most people. They may also need high visibility clothing if they are walking in the dark – and take some lighting if the area is going to be dark.
Although the idea of including an elderly person can seem quite daunting, planning in advance and being aware of what your loved one wants, will help to make it a more pleasurable experience for everyone. If they don’t want to, or can’t take part, don’t feel disappointed, perhaps take lots of photos and videos to share with them after the event.
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