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No ‘trick or treats’ on the elderly this Halloween says care provider

Added on: 9th October, 2017 by Cherry_9506

No ‘trick or treats’ on the elderly this Halloween says care provider

One of the posters the organisation is giving away to the elderly and vulnerable to display in their windows this Halloween.

Last Updated:
Mon, 9 October 2017

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AN AWARD-WINNING care provider in Colwyn Bay is continuing its campaign to ban trick or treating on the elderly this month (October, 2017).

AN AWARD-WINNING care provider in Colwyn Bay is continuing its campaign to ban trick or treating on the elderly this month (October, 2017).

Abacare has received lots of support for its campaign, which was first launched in 2014, and wants to continue raising awareness of the elderly and vulnerable as this time of year.

Ffion Evans, Registered Manager at Abacare, which provides care across Colwyn Bay, said: “While we encourage youngsters to have fun with Halloween, as part of our campaign we also urge them to think about any elderly relatives or neighbours they might have as the celebrations can be especially frightening for them.

“Any elderly people living alone may not want to open their doors to strangers on a cold winter evening. Not opening the door can result in a nasty ‘trick’ being played, which is equally distressing for older people.

“We want people and children to be more aware of the elderly and vulnerable this Halloween and instead of trick or treating on them, perhaps people can check they are warm and doing ok.”

Feelings of anxiety around Halloween is also known as Samhainophobia. People with the phobia can feel panic and huge amounts of stress throughout the Halloween period.

The thought of what the people at the door might do if they don’t answer it can be particularly worrying, as people have been known to throw eggs, flour, throw fireworks and start fires.

Ffion added: “We will be providing our service users with posters to display in their window to deter potential trick or treaters from knocking on their doors and we hope the rest of Wales follows suit. The posters will be available to download from our website

Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.

The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.

Abacare is currently recruiting new carers as winter is its busiest time of the year.

Ffion added: “We are looking for people who would be committed to a role in care on a long-term basis so they can build great relationships with the service users we support. They’ll be able to carve out a career in the industry for themselves too thanks to advancement opportunities as we often promote within the company to help maintain our position of trust and allow continuity of care.

“We offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial six months probationary period.

“New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage. Anyone interested should give us a call on 01248 677 919.”

Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.

It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.

It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.

Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.

It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

For more information about Abacare, please call 01248 677 919 or visit Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at or on Twitter by visiting

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