Many elderly adults struggle with health needs and challenges at night. This can be falling out of bed, mobility issues that put them at risk when getting up to do things such as use the restroom, sundowners, wandering tendencies, and more. This can leave your parent at risk of serious injury and other consequences, and may mean that you are not getting the sleep you need because you are worried about taking care of your parent. On the other hand, your senior might only have occasional needs at night or only experience feelings of loneliness or nervousness during the night. The difference between these two sets of needs can make a dramatic impact on the decisions you make for your senior. As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to make good decisions about your parent's care, including the type of home care they receive. Recognizing the types of challenges they face at night can help you decide if your parent needs awake and alert care during these hours, or if there is another decision that would work for them.
Some things to consider when determining if your parent might need awake and alert care at night include:
- Does your elderly parent live alone?
- Has your senior fallen out of bed frequently in recent weeks or months?
- Does your senior struggle with incontinence?
- Does your loved one have mobility issues that can make moving around the home challenging or dangerous?
- Has your senior been exhibiting signs of cognitive functioning decline that might put them at risk for behaviors such as turning on the oven and walking away?
- Has your senior been exhibiting signs of wandering tendencies that might cause your parent to walk out of the home?
- Does your parent have a history of misusing their medications?
- Does your parent frequently call you afraid, worried, or not feeling comfortable being alone?
Bringing home care into your parent's life is not about taking away their independence or managing every aspect of their life. Instead, it is a way for you as a family caregiver to ensure your senior is getting all of the care and support they need while also giving them the personal space, independence, autonomy, and control they desire. The personalized care services of an in-home senior care services provider allow your parent to address the challenges they faced in ways that are right for them and offer customized support designed to keep them active, protect their health and safety, and preserve their individuality throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Casa Grande, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.