SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, can be very hard on seniors. Long dark days without a lot of sunlight in the winter can leave seniors vulnerable to developing Seasonal Affective Disorder. But 24-hour home care can help those who are struggling with SAD.
Because one of the contributing factors to developing SAD is the lack of sunlight seniors who feel anxious or vulnerable at night can benefits from having 24-hour home care. When they have 24-hour home care, seniors have company around the clock so they don’t feel alone, scared, or anxious when night falls the way they might feel if they were alone.
Some of the other benefits of 24-hour home care for seniors include:
Seniors who use medical equipment often get anxious at night about their equipment working correctly and that can impact the quality and length of their sleep. With overnight care, seniors can sleep better knowing that someone will always be there to help them if they need it or if their equipment malfunctions. The security of knowing that someone is there in the middle of the night can dramatically improve senior’s mental health.
Helping Seniors Get Safely In And Out Of Bed
One of the most dangerous things that seniors can do is try to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or get a drink and get back in bed safely. Often when seniors fall at home it’s trying to get themselves out of bed in the middle of the night. With home care, your senior parent will have help all through the night to make sure that they can get to the bathroom safely even though they are half asleep.
Seniors may not always want to eat at usual times. That’s part of the reason why seniors often don’t get enough to eat. With 24-hour home care there will be someone with your senior loved one around the clock who make them a meal or a snack at any time of the day or night. Your senior parent will be able to get snacks or meals when they want to eat which will encourage them to eat more.
Company During Long Winter Nights
When the weather is bad and the sun goes down early the winter evenings can be very long for seniors who are alone. Those long winter evenings and nights can make seniors depressed or increase their anxiety. With the help of elder care around the clock, your senior loved one won’t be alone during those winter evenings. They will have a companion that they can watch TV with, play games with, eat meals with, and read books with. Those winter evenings could turn into fun evenings instead of sad evenings when your senior parent has someone there with them around the clock.
If you or an aging loved one is considering 24-hour home care in Eden Prairie, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.