When aging adults reach a point in their lives where they struggle to take care of themselves through daily tasks, yet they are still somewhat independent and desire to live at home, a good solution is to hire in-home care services providers. These professionals are trained on how to care for seniors who need help with tasks that keep them healthy and safe. Not only do they know how to help elderly people with important daily tasks, but they are skilled at night care as well.
In-home night care is when a home care services provider stays with the elderly adult in their home overnight. By contrast, in-home care during the day often means that providers take care of things like housekeeping, meal prep, driving to appointments, bathing, dressing and more. The elderly person also interacts more with a home care services provider during the day as well.
While there may not be as many household tasks for a night care provider to do, their role in keeping the elderly person safe and comfortable is no less important. Most night care assistants help the senior get into sleepwear, use the facilities and get into bed for the night. They may help with nighttime rituals, such as having a light snack, applying lotion, and adjusting blankets or fans. In theory, the elderly person would sleep through the night with no interruptions. Unfortunately, that usually doesn’t happen.
Elderly adults don’t often sleep for as many hours as they did when younger. They often awaken several times in the night for different reasons, like chronic pain, muscle cramps, sleep apnea, and asthma. They may feel thirsty more often and need sips of water throughout the night. Sometimes, they even wake up disoriented and unsure of where they are, especially if they struggle with early to moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. For any of these reasons, it’s comforting and convenient for them to have a professional home care services provider nearby to assist them as they need help in the night.
One of the most common reasons why elderly adults need an in-home care servicesnprovider is that they struggle with incontinence. It can be hard for elderly adults to wake up, get out of bed, and make it to the bathroom on time When they have assistance from a senior care provider, they can get the job done and get back to bed without much fanfare. This keeps them more comfortable and healthy throughout the night.
It may not seem as important to arrange for a home care services provider to be with an aging relative in the night, but it should not be overlooked. Seniors who need family caregivers to help in their daily lives also need the same level of care and attention at night. Ideally, they should all sleep the night away in peace, but the reality is that when a home care services provider is with them, they can handle any issues or emergencies.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.