Tracy Baugh, owner of Home Instead Senior Care came on HealthWise Friday to discuss ten different ways to help seniors avoid night fright, which is caused by dementia.
- Encourage seniors to obtain a lifeline to summon medical help if needed.
- Play soft music at night. It has a calming effect.
- Install night lights. They will make it easier for seniors to see when they get up at night.
- Light the outside of the house and set timers to activate some indoor lights. Older adults will feel more secure knowing their house is illuminated.
- Let your older loved ones know they can call you. Put your number, or that of another family member or friend, on speed dial.
- Reassure them the house is secure. Rehearse with them the process to make sure their doors and windows are locked.
- Make sure the interior of the house is safe by installing grab bars and eliminating throw rugs.
- Consider climate control. The house should not be too hot or too cold.
- Encourage a set routine. This will help a senior feel less anxious.
- Consider resources such as a non-medical professional caregiver. Many caregivers provide 24-hour and overnight services to help seniors in their homes whenever they need assistance.
For more information about "Night Fright" or Home Instead Senior Care, contact Tracy Baugh at 281-4663 or log on to www.homeinstead.com.