Accidents can happen, and they can happen at any given time. Elderly people with chronic conditions are at particular risk. If they live alone and fall over in the shower, or down the stairs, they could be in tremendous pain and quite possibly lose the ability to move.
Emergency services won’t be able to be called so any injuries or ailments could become ten times worse before anyone discovers them.
No-one wants to imagine this kind of worst-case scenario, but it can be a constant worry for the families of senior citizens if they’re enfeebled or seriously ill.
If the person in your life requires constant supervision you should also be caring for them during the night time as well. Here are just a few of the invaluable benefits of staying with elderly people during the night.
Able to call 999 at a moments notice
If the worse were to happen, such as a stroke or bad fall, then having someone nearby to call the emergency services can be the difference between life and death.
Overnight elderly care ensures that there is always someone there to protect the person in care if something bad were to happen to them.
This can bring a sense of comfort and safety to those being cared for, helping them stay calm and get a good night’s sleep. This is particularly important for those with illnesses that require regular rest.
Assisting during the night-time
Your loved one may need to use the bathroom several times during the night, which could mean you will need to escort them there. This task can be difficult for some already, but with the added difficulty of night, tripping could occur.
The same problem needs to be addressed with other personal hygiene issues, such as proper feeding, administering medication or changing their colostomy bag.
Being ready in the morning
Elderly people in care require assistance 24 hours a day, which means the moment the wake up, to the moment they go to asleep and then all the way through the night as they sleep.
Staying overnight will make it easier for you to be ready for helping the person in care out of bed and assist in their morning routine. They may need help getting in and out of the bath, and they won’t want to wait on you arriving if you get caught in traffic or are otherwise late getting to their home.
Overnight care means you’re already there ready to assist.
Seek out respite if need be
Of course overnight care for the elderly is a huge responsibility that will take up a lot of you time. It’s perfectly understandable if you’re unable to commit due to work commitments or the needs of other family members.
Try organizing a rotor system with other members of your family, or if they aren’t available for that, seek out the help of a professional caregiver to provide with you with respite from your responsibilities.
Everyone cares about their loved ones, but everyone also has their own lives that they need to concentrate on, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about leaving your loved one with a carer. That way, your loved one can stay safe at night even when you aren’t there.