According to AARP.org, sleep is essential to health—it rests the body, renews the brain and produces higher levels of certain beneficial hormones.
Unfortunately, getting those often-recommended seven to eight hours of sound, restful sleep (night after night) can be hard if you are the primary caregiver for an older adult.
Hiring overnight in-home care means that a licensed caregiver is there, awake and ready to help as needed.
Knowing that your loved one will be safe at night is worth it, especially if it means you can also get the sleep necessary to function at work or provide care for your loved one during the day.
There are lots of safety issues to consider when the sun starts to set. Some older adults experience fatigue and don’t think as clearly before sunset, or they find it harder to maneuver around the home when it gets dark.
In some cases, older adults with memory loss or dementia wander more at night–they can try to leave the home which is a real safety concern.
A professional caregiver who can stay between 8-12 hours overnight in your home (or your loved one’s) can be a valuable resource, even if it’s 2-3 days per week. They can help with household tasks, prepare breakfast, help with bathing, and monitor medication and overall safety.
The decision to allowing someone to care for the most vulnerable members of your family overnight is extremely important—choosing a licensed and insured caregiving service like Take My Hand At-Home Care ensures you’ll be working with someone you can trust.
Contact us at 360.543.5777 if you have any questions or concerns about the advantages of hiring an overnight caregiving service.