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Night Care | Find Live-in care

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Night Care | Find Live-in care

Caring for an elderly person is often a challenging experience. We all want to do the best for our loved ones, making sure that they are well looked after and supported.

However, caring for the elderly, whether relatives or others close to us, can take its toll on our own physical and emotional well-being, particularly if it impacts upon our own health and relationships.

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Who needs night-care?

Night time presents particular safety issues for elderly people, particularly those suffering from mobility problems or physical limitations following surgery. If you’re caring for an elderly person, you may find that you’re needing to get up numerous times during the night, to help your loved one go to the toilet, or simply to provide companionship when they’re struggling to stay asleep. Your loved ones may suffer from memory problems or difficulties with their vision, which lead to disorientation and make it difficult for them to get up safely in the night to go to the toilet without support. Alternatively, they may need medication at night, which requires the input of a carer to administer and ensure appropriate dosage. Those with dementia, Alzheimer’s or mental health problems often need additional support and supervision as they may become confused and need reassurance, particularly in the dark, when the unfamiliar world can seem particularly troubling. Elderly people who have illnesses or mobility problems may also need extensive care and support during the night. Those who have spent time in hospital may also require extra care around the clock, to allow them to receive the necessary medication and ensure that they do not interrupt their recuperation by attempting to get up unassisted.

Types of Night Care:

The type of care your loved one will need depends on their specific requirements. We offer hand-picked providers, suited to the needs of you and your loved one. We offer both a sleeping night service where a carer is on-hand during the night, but able to sleep, and waking care, where the carer is awake and ready to attend to the needs of an elderly person throughout the night.

Sleeping care is appropriate for elderly people who require support with basic needs such as going to the toilet, administering pain relief, or emotional support if they wake up during the night. A sleeping carer will be awake to look after your loved ones when needed, helping them with mobility, medication or just settling them down if they are restless, anxious or confused.

Having a sleeping carer available to look after your loved ones can provide peace of mind if you have recently noticed that your loved one is now struggling to take care of themselves during the night, or if you have been attending to these needs yourself.

Elderly people who need more extensive or frequent support are better supported by our waking night services.

While a sleeping carer can help to settle an anxious elderly person during the night, regular incidents of sleepless nights, coupled with confusion are best supported by a waking carer. Patients struggle with distinguishing between day and night-time may feel particularly unsettled, making a waking carer the most suitable choice. An elderly person with mental health needs which might have suicidal tendencies will also need the close watch and support provided by a waking carer.

If the elderly person needs specialist or more frequent medication, then waking care is the ideal choice to ensure that your loved one is appropriately supported. Those who require palliative care to remain comfortable at home will almost certainly need the level of attention provided by a waking night-time carer.

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Conclusion

Working with one of our carefully chosen night-time carers is a good way to ensure that your elderly loved ones are looked after, while allowing you to get the restful sleep that will help support your own wellbeing. Whether a sleeping or waking carer is the most suitable choice depends on the level of care and frequency of attention that your loved one needs. If you’re unsure, it’s worth trying the option which you think would be most appropriate, to see how well night-time care works for you and your elderly loved one. While, at first, it can be difficult to hand over the care of a loved one to someone else, you’re likely to find that working with a specialist night-time carer, specifically chosen to meet your needs, is in everyone’s best interest, supporting a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. To learn more about the services we can arrange for you and how we can help you find local care providers who offer live in care services post-hospitalisation, then please do get in touch with us today on 0345 512 0075 or arrange a call back.

Please feel free to give us a no obligation call on 0345-512-0075 to discuss your care needs or email us on info@findliveincare.com and we will be happy to help. Get in touch with us