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Bedtime Safety

It's a common scenario for family caregivers: a senior loved one has been up and down all night-and, consequently, so have you. Many health conditions can cause seniors to wake frequently, from overactive bladder to chronic pain.

To make nighttime caregiving more efficient and possibly minimize awake episodes, try a few tips:

  • Daytime activity is important—keep your loved one active by going outside, talking walks, finding a day center, or hiring someone to engage.

  • Routines are key to people with dementia. Consider having an evening happy hour or herbal tea.

  • Take a few moments to sit with your loved one and provide reassurance.

  • Check with a physician regarding medication.

  • If your loved one is angry at bedtime they could be expressing a need. Check to see if your loved one needs to use the bathroom.

Bedtime Safety Suggestions:

  • Consider installing side railings on bed.

  • Put mattress on the floor to prevent nighttime falls.

  • Clip an alarm to the mattress to alert you if your loved one tries to get up.

If you need more ideas or suggestions on helping your loved on get to bed and have a good night's sleep, call our Director of Nursing today! You can reach our DON 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 405-254-3046.

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