One of the biggest reasons families look for 24-hour home care aides is to have someone on-hand at all hours to support your parents. Caring for a parent is already tiring, but it’s more challenging if you’re not getting a full night’s sleep.
If a parent is in the mid to late stages of Alzheimer’s, it’s important to have 24-hour home care aides available throughout the day and night. Hire them to help with care needs like the following.
Wandering is one of the alarming symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Your dad is always at the door screaming that he wants to go home. You’re able to stop him and redirect him when you’re awake, but what happens if you’re sound asleep? Has he ever gotten outside?
It’s estimated that 60% of Alzheimer’s patients will wander at least once. If you don’t stop your dad because you’re asleep, there are no guarantees that he’ll return on his own. With 24-hour home care aides awake and ready to redirect him, you don’t have to worry about your dad wandering away.
Help With Toileting
In the late stages of Alzheimer’s, people often lose control of their bladder or bowels. Your mom isn’t going to hold it until you’ve had a whole night’s sleep. She shouldn’t have to wait until morning to have her protective underwear changed. If she’s sitting in a wet garment all night, she faces a skin rash and infection.
She could have a caregiver available to help change her and get her cleaned up during the night while you sleep. The caregiver can also help your mom get to the toilet if she’s still capable but needs a helping hand walking to the bathroom.
If the sheets and bedding get wet due to an accident, the caregiver is there to remove and launder the dirty bedding, clean up, and change the sheets. Your mom and dad will be back in bed without you having to wake up and take care of it.
People with Alzheimer’s tend to get frequent UTIs. If your mom or dad has a UTI, they’ll be taking antibiotics for a week or two. The type of medicine depends on the type of bacteria and the severity of the UTI. Some antibiotics are taken multiple times a day every four or six hours.
If your parent is on a medication that must be taken in the night, someone has to wake your parent up to take the pill. Instead of setting the alarm and getting up, you could have a caregiver already awake and ready to help out.
Does this sound perfect for your parents’ needs? Call our 24-hour home care agency and ask to talk to a specialist in around-the-clock home care. You’ll discover prices and learn more about how to book 24-hour home care aides.