The choice to get overnight care can be made at different times in a person’s home care journey. For some, it’s an immediate consideration that has been built into their care plan from the beginning. But if you or your loved one is becoming increasingly reliant on their care professional, it’s likely you’ll need to add it to your care plan further down the line.
So at what point do you decide that overnight care is necessary to you or your loved one’s health and safety? Here are a few of the most common reasons people choose to have a care professional stay throughout the night.
Dementia or Alzheimer’s
Both Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive illnesses that affect a person’s ability to remember and, in the case of dementia, can impair their reasoning. For these reasons, waking in the middle of the night can be very disorienting, which may lead to tripping and falling. Similarly, if they live by themselves, waking up alone could be very distressing for some people.
Having a carer stay overnight is not only a great way to support someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but it can also be very beneficial to their family too. By giving family members a night off when they can rest easily in the knowledge their loved one is in safe hands, you can greatly reduce the risk of burnout in primary caregivers.
Having confidence is vital to maintaining independence in later life, and feeling safe is a huge part of getting - and holding onto - that self-assurance.
There are many causes for people to feel unsafe in their home, if they have been a victim of crime for example, had an injury, or perhaps they live alone. Regardless of the reason for their fear, having another person nearby can ease their anxiety and allow them to fall asleep faster.
Urinary incontinence and overactive bladder become more and more common with age, particularly for women. Frequent trips to the toilet are not only bad for sleeping patterns, but walking around in poor lighting will increase the chance of falling.
Getting an overnight carer won’t reduce the need for trips to the bathroom, but it does add an extra layer of support throughout the night.
Care professionals can remind you or your loved one to take them. This is especially important for people convalescing, whose dosages are likely to be higher and more frequent.
Rest is vital to recovery, so by putting the responsibility to wake for medications in the hands of a carer, you or your loved one will get a better night’s sleep.
Limited mobility can make getting in and out of bed difficult, which is why many people choose overnight care to cover those times in the morning and the evening. Overnight carers also add an extra safety net, should the person receiving care need to use the toilet throughout the night, or in the case of an emergency.
Add overnight care to your care plan
For more information about overnight care, get in touch with a member of elder’s Care Support Team.