Peace of mind for families
There may be a variety of reasons why your elderly loved one may need care during the night. Perhaps they have health issues, are at risk for falls, have Alzheimer’s disease or other Dementia related illness that causes them to grow confused at night. If you are unsure about whether or not your loved one would benefit from overnight care then consider the following factors:
Dementia or Alzheimer's
A common result of advanced or mid stage Dementia is wakefulness during the night. It is not uncommon for people with Dementia to wake several times during the night thinking it is daytime, or simply not being able to sleep at all.
Does your loved one have a strict medication schedule that requires overnight administration?
Are you noticing that your loved one is becoming increasingly confused at home, are they leaving the oven on or leaving the front door unlocked? Elderly loved ones who grow confused, afraid, or disoriented during the day are at a great risk of developing the same feelings at night whenever they are fatigued. If your loved one does grow confused, disoriented or afraid at night then they may try to get up and leave their home. This could be very dangerous and easily lead to injury even be fatal, especially in the winter. Elderly loved ones may also find it difficult to fall back asleep and may wander around their house for hours at night. This could lead to falls, injuries and becoming fatigued.
Does your loved one have issues walking independently, are they confined to a wheelchair or rely heavily on a walker or a cane? If your loved one is unable to walk independently or has restricted mobility then they are at a higher risk of falling should they need to use the bathroom or get a drink of water during the night.
Does your loved one require bed rest? Do they have a medical condition that causes them to be confined to a bed? In these situations, seniors may need to get up during the night to use the bathroom, but may not be able to do so on their own. If they try they risk falling and injuring themselves.
Post-Op Recovery or Hospital Discharge
Has your loved one recently spent time in the hospital or a long term care facility? Is your loved one recovering from a major surgery or medical procedure? Then your loved one may need help transitioning home and may need an overnight caregiver, depending on their physical state as they leave the hospital.
Is your loved no longer safe to stay at home and is being moved to a long term care facility or residence? While you are waiting for the room to become available your loved may need night time care to ensure their safety.
Has the new residence unsettled, frightened or confused your loved one? Our overnight caregivers would ensure that they do not wander, get confused or feel lost.
If one or more of the above apply to your elderly loved one, their needs most likely exceed the care that a family member can provide. To keep your loved one safe in their home overnight, a professional caregiver is needed.
Our overnight caregivers are available to help your elderly parent whenever they need assistance and care plans are based on the needs of each client.
As well as ensuring that you or your loved one is safe and has a good night's rest, our overnight caregivers can also:
Prepare evening snacks
Assist in getting ready for bed
Transfer assistance throughout the night
Ensure that you or your loved one is prepared for the night i.e. commode placement, glass of water, night light etc.
Morning personal and hygiene care
*Minimum service length is 8 hours.