Home Care: Your dad’s need for home care services doesn’t meet a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. world.
He has a chronic health condition or another reason that he shouldn’t be alone at any hour. Because of this, he needs home care at odd hours of the night and early morning. This is where caregivers come in.
Instead of having caregivers available during the day and being alone all night, your dad has caregivers with him all day and night. How do you know if this is right for him?
You Worry About Him Being Alone
Your dad has diabetes or another chronic health condition. You worry about him feeling ill in the middle of the night and having no one around. With caregivers available throughout the night, you don’t have to worry.
Your dad has dementia, and he’s starting to wander. He often wakes up in the middle of the night and tries to go outside for a walk. You have alarms set and wake up, but it’s leading to sleep deprivation. You’re exhausted and need sleep.
Hire caregivers and have them keep your dad inside. He’ll have caregivers working in shifts to ensure he doesn’t try to go outside.
He Takes Medications That Require Him to Wake Up and Take a Dose
Your dad takes several medications each day. One of his prescriptions requires him to take a dose in the middle of the night. The problem is that he often sleeps through an alarm.
He could have caregivers wake him up and make sure he takes the dose on time. When he’s done taking the pill and sipping some water, he goes back to sleep without having to get up.
He’s Weak and Prone to Falling
Your dad has a health issue that makes him weak. He’s fallen while trying to get to the bathroom at night. With caregivers in the house during the night, he has someone to lean on when he wakes up and needs to use the toilet.
Home Care: He Is Scared Being Alone
Your dad may not have any specific reasons for home care services throughout the day and night. He may simply fear being alone during the night. If he would be more comfortable having companionship services at night because he doesn’t sleep well, arrange 24-hour home care.
Once you know what care services your dad needs, call a home care agency. Arrange 24-hour home care and know that he’s never alone, no matter what time it is.