Home Care for Seniors in Lexington NC
Your 83-year-old father has been struggling to sleep throughout the night. He’s visited his doctor, been given certain prescription medications, and refused to take them. For most of his life your father has been adamant about avoiding prescription medications. He believes they don’t really solve anything but only mask certain underlying issues.
There could be many reasons why your father is not sleeping well at night. It could be due to certain habits he has, such as drinking coffee later in the afternoon and evening hours. Even decaffeinated coffee contains some amounts of caffeine. It takes about eight hours for caffeine to completely leave the system, and since it’s a stimulant, it can be making it difficult for your father to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
So how could a home care aide help?
Your father might not want to listen to anything you or other family members or friends have to say about this particular situation. He might dismiss your concerns or comments about his coffee consumption.
He might, however, be more open to discussing the prospect from an experienced caregiver. Even though it’s the same information, it’s being delivered by somebody who has worked with other seniors just like your father. They have experience that you don’t.
This doesn’t change the fact you might very well be right in your assessment; it simply has everything to do with a person’s willingness to pay attention to other people.
For example, you might have admonished your father to change his diet for years, but he wouldn’t listen. He might have seen it as an unnecessary thing and his dietary habits weren’t really impacting his health. When his father brought up the subject and told him the same exact thing, he might have changed everything.
There could also be a number of other things your father is doing or not doing that impact his ability to sleep comfortably at night. Here are a few ways an experienced home care aide might help him get a better night’s sleep.
1. Winding down activities.
If your father is active until he is ready for bed, he might not be able to relax his mind. Doing calming activities can help him get his body ready for sleep.
2. It could be comfortable for him knowing somebody else is there.
If a home care aide is there with him at night, it may offer him some comfort. He may get anxious and nervous about possibly having to get up in the middle of the night, especially if he struggles climbing out of bed.
Having a nice, calming conversation toward the end of the evening can be a great way for some people to reduce stress and get their body ready for sleep.
4. Physical support.
An experienced home care aide may offer the physical support your father needs to get undressed, showered, and ready for bed. Those might be things he is simply uncomfortable to ask you for assistance doing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lexington, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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