Our overnight caregivers can help you get rest at night while we care for your loved one. The overnight caregiver’s duties may include medication reminders, trips to the bathroom, or other safety precautions for those who may be at risk of falling at night.
A typical shift may start at 10pm and end at 7am. The times can be adjusted depending on your needs. When the caregiver arrives, he or she can help you get ready for bed (get your pajamas on, remind you to take your medication, get washed up for bed, tuck you in), and stay in the same room with you or another room in the house.
In these cases, the caregiver stays awake throughout the night so they are ready to help at a moment’s notice. Overnight care is a great option for those who wish remain in their own homes.
Here are some examples of cases where an overnight caregiver might be needed:
Vision Loss: Approximately 1 in 3 older adults over the age of 65 suffers from some kind of vision-related disease, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Nighttime can be particularly dangerous for those who cannot see well. Our overnight caregivers can be your “eyes” at night to help guide you to the bathroom or a bedside commode.
Fall Prevention: Sleep-wake cycles change as we age. Our overnight caregivers can help make frequent bathroom trips throughout the night if you are at risk of falling. The path from your bed to the bathroom can be treacherous in the dark and our goal is always to keep you safe in your own home!
Post-Surgery: A safe recovery at home after surgery is essential. Think of our caregiver as your personal assistant at night, ready to bring you a new ice pack, change your position, or help you to the bathroom.
Dementia Care: Our overnight caregivers can help keep an eye on your loved one who may be at risk for wandering at night or wake up confused. A friendly face in the middle of the night can help put him or her at ease.
Who are these overnight caregivers? Many of our overnight caregivers are Certified Nursing Assistants living in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Wheeling, and Prospect Heights. Some are looking to pursue a higher degree in medicine and find nighttime care as a great place to study while keeping an eye on your loved one while they sleep. They are our night owls who find themselves most energetic at this time of day!