Halloween has passed but the fun continues this week in preparation for the 5th November, where the UK will be celebrating Bonfire Night in remembrance of Guy Fawkes and his treason plot. This time of year, is great fun for most, but consideration needs to be taken for those elderly neighbours who may get confused by all the noise and unusual activity.
Bonfire Night for the elderly can be quite stressful and unpredictable sounds can cause anxiety. It can create worry about their safety and they may be sensitive to noise and light which can cause distress.
If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, please make sure their safety and wellbeing is high priority this week. Here are our tips for you if you know Bonfire Night might be difficult for those around you:
- To help block out the unexpected loud noise you may recommend they wear ear defenders or to listen to music on headphones. Even turning the TV up may limit the noise they hear from fireworks.
- Make sure the curtains and blinds are closed early in the evening to block out the flashes from fireworks.
- If they like to watch fireworks but find they are too much up close, you could find a local show and see if you can watch from a distance.
- Politely ask their neighbours if they are planning to light any fireworks or a fire so you are aware of disturbance’s. They may feel more comfortable not being alone if fireworks are close to home.
- Find out the times and location of local firework events so they know when to expect noises, lights, crowds and smells.
We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night this weekend!