Overnight Care for the Elderly

June 1, 2018

Care for your elderly, loved one does not stop once you've put them into bed. As we get older, our sleep patterns change and difficulty sleeping can be experienced. Many elderly persons get up during the night and are likely to need assistance moving around. This disrupted rest can aggravate degenerative conditions such as dementia, impacting not only the affected person, but also those who may be living with them. Nighttime movement can also be a catalyst for falling, which can be detrimental as we get older. These nighttime interruptions might also cause your loved one to feel scared, uncomfortable and anxious. Fortunately, overnight care is a viable option. This can take the form of basic care, administering medication, assistance to turn over in bed, helping with going to and from the bathroom and more. Where more complex assistance is needed, overnight care is also a valuable tool. The most important thing is that care will be provided to your loved one in the comfort of their home without changing the routines they are accustomed to. 

 

Why is Nighttime Care Needed? 

  •  To give both you and your loved one peace of mind by easing your anxiety about them being alone during the night, knowing that a carer is on hand to assist as necessary. 

  • To help with any moving around your loved one does during the night, they can now do with the assistance of the carer beside them. 

  • To administer medication during the night. 

  • To have professional care on hand for those living with progressive conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

  • To promote better health all around as both you and your loved one can rest more comfortably through the night. 

  • To assist in fall prevention as there will be someone with your loved one throughout the night to help with getting water or going to the bathroom, giving your loved one a less chance of falling, and possibly injuring themselves.  

 

Overnight Care Options 

 

Various options are available for overnight care, all suited to the requirements of you and your loved one. If the assistance of a professional carer is needed for just a few hours each night or several times a week, this can be arranged. So too, if you are the primary family caregiver and need to work a night shift for a few weeks, go on a vacation, fall ill, or just need some extra support and time to yourself, overnight respite care is an option for as little or as long as you need. 

 

We understand that everyone is different, making each case unique, and while the acknowledgement that care is needed can be quite overwhelming, we are here to guide you through the process, answer all of your questions, and help tailor a support plan based on you and your loved one’s needs.  

 

 

 

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