Night time can be a dangerous time for the elderly. Sometimes seniors have their days and nights confused, sometimes they have bladder control issues that require them to get up in the night, and sometimes the dark itself can cause confusion and fear. With less supervision, less light, and greater disorientation comes an increased risk of falls, which can result in hospitalization and permanent injuries.
Night care for elderly parents can also affect those family members caring for them. Prolonged sleep disturbance can affect one’s mood and job performance. In addition, the emotional costs of worrying about your parent and seeing them confused and afraid at night can be extremely taxing.
There are, however, a number of ways to improve the safety of your elderly parent during the night. These methods encourage them to remain in bed, or make it safer for them when they must be out of bed.
Make sure there is lots of light available in your parent’s bedroom. Table lamps, night lights, and even motion sensor lights that go off when they get out of bed can improve their safety. Place lights along their path to the bathroom, TV room, kitchen, or wherever else they may wish to go at night.
- Furniture placement
Even furniture that has been in the same place for many years can become an obstacle for seniors at night. Make their paths as clear and uncluttered as possible. Also keep an eye out for rugs or thresholds that they may trip on.
- Bed rails
Bed rails are a great way to prevent your elderly parent from falling out of bed in the middle of the night, and can also provide stability for them as they get in and out of bed.
- Senior alert system
There are a number of products on the market that will send assistance to seniors at any time of the day or night. Many of these electronic alert systems are in the form of pendants or watches that allow the senior to get help at the touch of a button. Some even come with “fall detection” technology that will summon help when there is a fall, even if your parent is unable to press the alarm themselves.
- Non-skid socks
A simple way to help your parent maintain their balance while walking on hardwood floors or linoleum.
- Overnight incontinence pads or bedpans
By removing the need to get out of bed to use the bathroom, many falls can be prevented. Incontinence pads, bed pans, and urinals are among the many products available to keep your elderly parent in or close to their bed at night.
If you have tried all of these solutions and you and your loved one are still concerned that there is a safety issue you may want to contact First Class Home Care who can offer one-to-one support and supervision.
Article provided by First Class Home Care Inc.