Overnight Care: How to Help Ageing Parents
As care needs advance, it’s very common for your loved one to wake up frequently during the night or require care around the clock. That’s when overnight care becomes suitable. In this piece, we go through the various options you have.
If your loved one needs extra support to remain safely and happily in their own home, there are various ways to provide this.
You or another family member may be able to give them the care they need in the daytime, but unless you can get enough rest at night, the situation can become impossible.
The number of hours of home care coverage will vary significantly depending on the particular package you put in place. Here, we examine how you can help your ageing parents with different levels of support through the night.
Sleeping night care
In this arrangement, a caregiver will sleep in your loved one’s home. This can be helpful for people who are anxious if they are left alone during the night, but who do not need a great deal of physical support then.
The carer will be there for at least eight hours and will sleep in their own room but will be available to help your loved one if they need assistance during the night. Normally, a carer working a “sleeping night” would not expect to have to get up any more than twice. If your loved one needs more frequent attention than this, the shift would be classed as a “waking night”.
Waking night care
In this home-care option, the carer is actually on duty in your loved one’s home for a shift of around 10 hours, although different shift lengths may be arranged. They will not need a room or a bed, as they will not be sleeping.
If your loved one needs help several times during the night, this could be the best option for them. For example, they may require assistance in changing their position at regular intervals to prevent the development of pressure sores, or they might need medication administered at set times.
For older people needing dementia care, waking care might be necessary to ensure that they do not come to any harm during the night. People living with dementia are sometimes unable to interpret the signs that it is night time and may get up and try to leave the house. In-home care at night for them would need to be from a carer who was alert to this possibility.
An elderly person who is very anxious and needs reassurance from a carer may also need waking night care.
A sitting service
This might be needed if you or another family member provides elderly care for your loved one, but need a break during the night. A carer would visit to stay with the older person for a fixed length of time, such as two or four hours, while the primary carer has a break.
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With this care option, a live-in carer moves into your loved one’s home to provide 24/7 care. Although they will sleep at night, they will be available to get up and assist if your relative requires help.
This can be a cost-effective way of helping an ageing parent to retain a level of independent living in their own home, as the carer will provide care support, but can also carry out various other tasks for them. A live-in carer will often undertake shopping, meal preparation, laundry and light domestic duties - as well as provide companionship and reassurance.
If your parent needs dementia care, you could request that your private care provider to match your parent with a carer who has experience in looking after people living with the condition. Some carers have also undertaken accredited Alzheimer’s care courses, which can equip them with the knowledge to support people with dementia.
Various aids can also help in the care of people who might be at risk due to their dementia. It is possible to install a pressure switch under a bedside rug, or a bed or chair alarm that will alert the carer if your loved one gets up and might fall or otherwise hurt themselves. Doors can also be alarmed so that the person cannot leave the house without their carer hearing and going to help. For night times, an alarm could sound to wake the carer.
Private live-in care is only possible if your loved one has a spare bedroom for the carer’s use. A live-in carer will also need an internet connection and probably a television in their room as they will need to use the room for breaks as well as for sleeping.
Elderly care from a live-in carer can provide you with peace of mind, as you will no longer have the worry of whether your parents are safe at all times in their own home. It can also be the ideal solution if your loved one is anxious about being alone and tends to phone you in the night for reassurance.
Do home carers have insurance?
There are several companies that offer insurance options for caregivers, and it makes sense to ensure that any carer you employ has the necessary cover. Having a robust insurance policy in place gives the caregiver complete peace of mind.
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When we are toddlers, we tend to fall over a lot, as we learn about balance and organising our bodies to stay upright. In middle age, we suffer few falls and those that do occur tend to be the result of tripping, slipping or suffering from an illness. As we age, we can find that we are far more likely to fall and to suffer more serious injuries when we do.
Helping the elderly get connected: technology and loneliness
We’re living in a technological age, and the elderly risk being left behind. Younger generations are leading the speed of development and rush of new technology, and many older people cannot or will not keep up.
But technology can help reduce the feelings of loneliness that many elderly people experience every day.
Home Care: Do I Pay for Home Carers Holidays?
If you’re employing or planning to employ a home carer, you probably have a lot of questions about the whole process. You might be wondering what happens when the carer takes holidays and whether or not you need to provide holiday pay. This article aims to explain holiday entitlement in the UK for part and full-time workers and to outline your responsibilities as an employer.
Home care for the elderly – What is it?
The majority of older people would prefer to live independently in their own homes but unfortunately this is not always possible.
Home care: Frequently asked questions
Everyone’s individual situation is different which is why we undertake a comprehensive free care assessment for those who are considering home care as a care option for themselves or their loved ones. There are, however, certain questions which come up time and time again which is why we’ve created this frequently asked questions about home care page in order to give you the information you need to assess your options.
Home care: how does it work?
Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements.
Home care: How do I pay for It?
There are various ways of paying for home care and dementia care, but understanding the various options of care provision can seem very daunting at first.
Nutrition: caring for elderly parents
As we age, our nutritional needs change and so do our appetites. Older people may eat less, but they also need fewer calories. However, other aspects of diet, such as vitamins and mineral levels and foods that can be dangerous to older people, need to be considered. Old age is not the time to become too strict with someone’s diet. The important thing is that they get enough to eat and take supplements if needed.
Is 24-hour home care an alternative to care homes?
As older people live longer, there is an ever-increasing demand for quality care. A Laing and Buisson survey conducted in 2016 revealed that there are approximately 416,000 people living in care homes across the UK. This figure equates to 4% of the total population aged 65 and older.