In your role as a family caregiver, you want to make sure that you are giving your parent all of the care that they need, and helping them to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. For many family caregivers this means starting home care for their senior so that they can receive the care, support, and assistance that they need. In order to make the most of this care and for your parent to receive the most benefit, however, it is extremely important to make sure that you arrange for the right amount of care when it is most valuable for your parent. For some seniors this will just be a short time a few days a week to handle specific tasks, but for others it will mean more consistent, continuous care. If your senior is dealing with serious or extensive challenges, you may wonder if they need care that continues into the night.
Night can be a very challenging time for a family caregiver. This is the time when many elderly adults experience difficult and even dangerous issues such as falling out of bed, loss of balance when going to the bathroom, wandering, and more. But you cannot be expected to be awake with your parent all throughout the night. You need to be able to get the sleep your body needs to be able to function the next day. This is where home care can be extremely beneficial.
An in-home senior care services provider who is with your parents at night can be awake and alert throughout their entire shift, meaning that there is always a person awake and ready to provide personalized care to your parent regardless of the time. This provider can help your parent get ready for bed and then be there for them in the event that they wake up and need care. This can be particularly helpful for seniors with limited mobility or those who are dealing with cognitive functioning decline, such as due to Alzheimer’s, that may result in potentially dangerous behaviors like wandering, turning on the oven, or attempting to bathe.
If you feel that your parent would benefit from having someone in the home with them during the night but do not necessarily feel that they need someone who is awake and alert, consider learning more about live-in care. With this type of care the care provider is in the home, but has the expectation of a full night of sleep. That way they are there in the event of an emergency, but are not providing alert care all night.
When it comes to helping your senior live their best life, starting home care for them can be one of the best steps that you can take. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent when it is right for them and for you to ensure that they get the level of care, support, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their needs and challenges in the ways that are right for them while also ensuring that you remain in control of their care and routine. This can help your parent to feel more independent and autonomous, offering them more control over their lives and opportunities to be active and engaged in the world around them. Home care helps your parent to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable as they age in place, and reduce your stress by taking on care tasks for you so that you can focus your energy and attention in the most effective and meaningful ways.