How Long Term Care Helps Seniors Cope With Sundown Syndrome

Senior Help Desk Senior Blog by Mark McGoldrick and Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT   http://shelton-325.comfortkeepers.com

In-home assistance from Comfort Keepers of Shelton can help make sure seniors get the care they need

Independence is highly valued in our society. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another form or dementia, you may be thinking that they need to be placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility. However, that is simply not true. Your loved one can get the long term care they need from professional in-home caregivers.

However, if you are not thinking about long term care yet, and have the time and resources to care for your loved one, for the time being, we have put together some tips for helping you manage symptoms associated with the middle stages of the disease often called sundowning or sundown syndrome.

Sundown syndrome is experienced by Alzheimer's patients and others with dementia in the later hours of the day. As the day wears on, your loved one may start experiencing behavioral changes but also behavioral problems. Research has shown that as many as 20% - that amounts to one in five people with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia - experience sundown syndrome.

Your loved one may be one of them. These behavioral changes can include anxiety, depression, confusion, and disorientation. However, each senior is an individual and how they experience sundowning will be particular to them. This is an important thing to keep in mind.

September was World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month so we thought this would be the perfect time to talk a little bit about things we can do both inside and out of long term care to help older adults facing sundown syndrome.

The following are some tips we put together from our long term care professionals that have extensive experience helping clients deal with sundown syndrome:

Follow your loved one's mood throughout the day. Yes, helping them with everything they need to stay healthy is important, but their emotional status could be even more so for Alzheimer's patients.

Know their triggers and do everything you can to lower and even eliminate them, particularly in the later hours of the day.

Work with your loved one to develop a soothing bedtime routine to help them relax. This can include any number of activities like light meals or long baths, but steer clear of stimulants like nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol even if your loved one believes it helps them relax.

Reference:

  1. http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-sleep-issues-sundowning.asp
  2. https://www.worldalzmonth.org/

About Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT

Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT provides the best-in-class home health care for seniors.  Our experienced Comfort Keepers team is dedicated to building great relationships, because you deserve high quality home care from people that care about you. Whether you are interested in assisted living or in-home care, we have the ability to customize our services to match your exact needs. We proudly serve Shelton, CT and the surrounding towns and cities of Trumbull, CT Monroe, CT Stratford, CT Shelton, CT Ansonia, CT Derby, CT Seymour,CT Beacon Falls, CT Orange, CT Oxford, CT Southbury, CT Hamden, CT and Woodbridge, CT.

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Categories: 
Home Care- Non Medical
City: 
Shelton
States: 
Connecticut