Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that causes mobility impairment, dementia, and other problems. For seniors who have Parkinson’s and are aging in place, the symptoms can be especially dangerous at night. When seniors who have limited mobility try to get in and out of bed and they are tired or confused there is a greater risk that they will fall. Falls for seniors can be very serious, even deadly. 24-hour care can help ensure that your senior parent with Parkinson’s is safe at night and gets the rest they need. A few of the ways that 24-hour care at night can keep your senior loved one safe are:
Transferring In And Out Of Bed
Seniors often fall trying to get in or out of bed, especially in the middle of the night if they get up to use the bathroom or get a drink. A care provider who is trained in helping seniors with limited mobility can help your senior parent safely get into bed at night and out of bed in the morning. You won’t have to worry about your senior loved one falling in the middle of the night and potentially having a serious injury. And you won’t have to worry about your senior loved one being alone if they do get hurt.
Monitoring Medical Equipment
Seniors with Parkinson’s may be using supplemental oxygen, a CPAP, or other medical equipment at night. When a 24-hour home care provider is with your senior loved one overnight they can make sure that all the equipment is working the way it should. They can also monitor your loved one through the night to make sure they are using the equipment they need in order to sleep safely.
Helping With Showering And Changing
A warm bath or a hot shower can often help seniors relax at the end of the day. Baths or showers are recommended for seniors who struggle with insomnia. But for a tired senior with Parkinson’s getting in and out of the shower or tub alone can be very dangerous. They may also have trouble putting on their pajamas. A care provider that stays overnight with your senior loved one can help your senior parent have a relaxing bath or shower. Then they can help your senior loved one into clean cozy pajamas so that they will be comfortable while they sleep.
Providing Company And Security
Many seniors with Parkinson’s get anxious at night, especially if they have dementia. Having a person they trust in the home with them overnight can eliminate their anxiety and make it easier for them to sleep. It also will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your senior loved one is safe, that the house is secure, and that someone will call immediately if something happens. An overnight care provider can be the key to both you and your senior loved one with Parkinson’s getting a good night’s sleep.