How do you know when it’s time for 24-hour home care? Your dad lives alone and always relies on caregivers during the day. But when is it time for him to increase from daily caregivers to around-the-clock ones?
He Has Medications He Takes At Specific Hours
Does your dad have medications that he needs to take every few hours? Sometimes, pills have to be taken at specific intervals to maintain the right balance in the bloodstream. If your dad has these pills, does he wake to an alarm in the middle of the night and take them?
When there are prescription medications he has to take at very specific intervals, around-the-clock home care is important. His caregiver will wake him, give him a glass of water, and his bottle of pill. They will also ensure he takes them on time.
He Doesn’t Sleep Through the Night
Your dad no longer sleeps through the night. He wakes up at 2 a.m. feeling rested and wanting a snack. But he cannot or shouldn’t be cooking without help. He can have a caregiver with him at all hours to help.
He might have a health issue that makes him nauseous. Being alone when you’re feeling sick isn’t always comforting. Your dad can have a 24-hour home care aide with him if he experiences nausea in the middle of the night.
If he wakes up, he has someone to talk to or keep him company. He won’t feel lonely or bored, and if he wants to go back to bed eventually, he knows the caregiver is still there to bring him things he needs, like his book, a glass of water, or his next round of medications.
He Has Dementia
When your dad has dementia, he cannot be alone if he’s starting to wander. Someone needs to be awake and ready to redirect him. A home care aide can keep him from getting outside and distract him with a fun activity, favorite snack, or movie.
He Complains About Loneliness and Isolation
Does your dad often say he feels isolated and lonely? If so, he shouldn’t be alone during the day, and he might feel better having someone around during the evening hours. If he’s prone to waking in the middle of the night, he’ll feel comforted knowing his caregiver is in the house and ready to help.
His Health Is Poor
Does your dad have a health condition that impacts his mobility, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, or something else that requires him to have someone around? If he shouldn’t be alone and doesn’t live with you, you might have to consider moving in with him. Sometimes, that’s not feasible, especially if you don’t live in the same state.
With 24-hour home care aides, trained caregivers support your dad around the clock. You have peace of mind knowing he’s in his home, with others helping him as much as needed.
Once you know that 24-hour home care is necessary, call an agency. Go over pricing and learn more about the services available as part of a 24-hour home care plan.