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How to Handle Dad’s Sleep Problems Caused by His Dementia

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Tips for Caregivers to Ease senior's Sleep Problems.

Tips for Dementia Care from the Team at Home Instead

As we age, we do not need the same amount of sleep. However, when your dad is living with a chronic condition or a disease, such as dementia, getting a good night’s rest is a fleeting thought. If your dad or mom cannot enter deep sleep, they may exhibit behavioural problems. Many factors contribute to your loved one’s sleep disruption, including end-of-day exhaustion, an upset “internal body clock,” or medical conditions. A senior with Alzheimer’s who struggles with getting proper rest may struggle with increased confusion, anxiety, and agitation.

Take heart and give your loved one a better night’s sleep with some preparation. When you cannot be home to provide senior care, call for help from the trained personal support workers from Home Instead Senior Care. Not only do we care for dementia patients, but we also support families with companionship, personal care, and respite care services. We are here to help you and your loved ones during this season of life.

5 Tips for Caregivers to Ease Dad’s Sleep Problems

Caring for a dementia patient is both rewarding and challenging. Of course, you want Dad to get the best possible rest even when his body is struggling against it. Here are some tips for you to give both of you a better night’s rest:

  • Turn on lights during evening hours. Low light can cast shadows on the surrounding areas, which may increase Dad’s agitation. Keep the home well-lit each evening during waking hours.
  • Make his bedroom a safe sleep environment. It can be hard to sleep when lights are on, and the room is hot. Keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature and add nightlights. If you are concerned about him wandering, install door sensors and motion detectors.
  • Keep Mom or Dad on a regular schedule. Consistent schedules throughout the day help your loved one with a sense of confidence and security. It will also help at night, so try to have them get up, get dressed, eat, and go to bed at the same time each day.
  • Plan some physical activity in their day. Regular physical activity helps wear their bodies down for sleep later that night. A short rest is good by discourage long afternoon naps as much as possible and encourage regular daily exercise.
  • Discuss sleep issues with their doctor. There may be underlying medical conditions that affect Dad’s ability to sleep at night, including prescription drugs. His physician can help determine these causes.

Ensure Dad Gets Better Sleep – A Home Instead Senior Caregiver Helps

Help your Dad sleep better by taking steps to work with his body’s changes as the symptoms of dementia make steady progress. The team at Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke can help. Our staff is always ready to step in and provide assistance with dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or any of our other senior care services. We also offer several resources to help you through this trying time.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care for seniors we deliver each day to families in our Etobicoke area.


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