HealthWise at 5 From 5.22 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/22/06

HealthWise at 5 From 5.22

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. 

  1. Encourage seniors to obtain a lifeline to summon medical help if needed.
  2. Play soft music at night. It has a calming effect.
  3. Install night lights. They will make it easier for seniors to see when they get up at night.
  4. 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.
  5. Let your older loved ones know they can call you. Put your number, or that of another family member or friend, on speed dial.
  6. Reassure them the house is secure. Rehearse with them the process to make sure their doors and windows are locked.
  7. Make sure the interior of the house is safe by installing grab bars and eliminating throw rugs.
  8. Consider climate control. The house should not be too hot or too cold.
  9. Encourage a set routine. This will help a senior feel less anxious.
  10. 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.

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