It takes a very special person to care or assist someone that is forgetful or has dementia. What do you do when a resident is up all night? The practice here is let them be, but from what I observe it is exhausting. What would you do in a situation like that?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people with Alzheimer’s or dementia often have problems with sleeping or may experience changes in their sleep schedule.
To create an inviting sleeping environment and promote rest for a person with Alzheimer’s the following are recommended:
- Maintain regular times for meals and for going to bed and getting up.
- Seek morning sunlight exposure.
- Encourage regular daily exercise, but no later than four hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine.
- Treat any pain.