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6 Signs Your Elderly Parent May Need Overnight Care

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

The decision to begin providing your senior loved one with more care at home is one that should involve a serious discussion. If possible, your loved one should be included in the conversation along with any other people who help with his or her care. The need for overnight care often becomes evident with age, and you can look for these signs your loved one needs assistance around the clock.

1. The Primary Caregiver Isn’t Getting Enough Rest

By the time most seniors need overnight care, they’ve been receiving help during the day. If you’re the primary caregiver, you need to get enough sleep at night to avoid making mistakes with your loved one’s daily routine. If someone else manages your loved one’s care, ask if that person is getting enough rest. A caregiver who says he or she is waking up frequently throughout the night needs someone to take over the evening duties.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional senior care. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.

2. Your Loved One Has Anxiety or Depression

A senior who lives alone may find it frightening to be in an empty house at night. Your loved one may worry about someone breaking into the house or how he or she would escape during a house fire. He or she may also feel depressed about being alone in the evenings. An overnight companion can give your loved one a stronger sense of security.

3. Your Loved One Makes Frequent Trips to the Restroom

Many accidents occur at night when seniors try to go to the restroom or get up for a drink of water. Your loved one might still be sleepy or get dizzy when he or she gets up, which could cause him or her to lose balance or trip over an object in his or her path. An overnight caregiver can help your loved one stay safe and tend to his or her needs at night.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elderly home care. Rhode Island families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

4. Your Loved One Forgets to Take Medications

Forgetfulness is a serious concern for seniors who live alone. Your loved one might need someone to help him or her remember to take evening medications. Seniors who are forgetting their medicine may also forget other important things, such as locking the house up at night.

5. Your Loved One Wanders

Behavioral changes that occur with dementia can become more serious in the overnight hours. You might not discover your loved one has wandered outside until hours later if it happens at night. A professional caregiver can monitor your loved one’s movements at night so he or she doesn’t wander away from home and get lost.

6. Your Loved One Needs Help Getting Out of Bed

Some seniors need overnight care temporarily to help them get through the night when they’re recovering from an injury. Others may need help on a more permanent basis if they have major mobility issues. A professional caregiver can help your loved one get in and out of bed safely. The caregiver can also reposition your loved one to prevent bedsores.

If your senior loved one needs around-the-clock assistance at home, the Rhode Island live-in care professionals at Home Care Assistance are here to help. Our proprietary Balanced Care Method was designed to promote longevity by encouraging seniors to focus on healthy eating, regular exercise, mental engagement, and other important lifestyle factors. To learn about our high-quality in-home care services, give us a call at (401) 284-0979 today.