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Mom's sundowning begins at 5 p.m. Night care from evening-breakfast. Any support?

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I think there is a real need for a new kind of care. Hubby and I need more hours to be a couple and individual time to decompress. Having that kind of care available for 16 hours once or twice a week would really help relieve the stress of having Mom with sundowning, dementia and Parkinsons there all the time without having to put her in a home.

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Sunnygirl1, I was actually proposing that the Day Care Center provide overnight care at their facility, or another. Both my husband and Mom are on hospice care with a nurse and bather that comes to our home. Mom takes a sleep aid to help her sleep. She does take meds for the anxiety.
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Babalou, I will bring it up. Mom wants to walk around the house every few minutes once it is 5 p.m. She has told me that it is because she sits all day.
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Samantha10. I know what you mean. My Mom can get that way when it is late at night and needs her brief changed and doesn't want me to do it. Is she on medication for the dementia?
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Uncle Dave. Thank you very much. I will look at the blog.
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Thank you cmagnum. However, my husband is disabled and I also care for him. Mom only sundowns at 5pm - bedtime. Another problem is that we live in a rural area and caregivers don't want to come out here. Mom just turned 95 and uses a wheelchair most of the time and sometimes a walker.
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Ebees, it's great if you can get that kind of care to come into your home. What about exploring medication that can help your mom rest at night. It has to be rough on her too if she's anxious and not able to sleep. Does she take meds for anxiety?
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Have you talked to her doctors about meds? I can't imagine allowing my mom to get in that state night after night, for her sake.
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Hi Herman we do try and play cards with her which she still enjoys but there is a moment in her life when she just loses and we think its best to let her carry on.
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Hi we are going thru sundowning syndrome with my mother in law and we dread the time, she becomes very strong verbally, what we do is just ignore and let her speak, up as much as she wants. its upsetting but we have to go through it.
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There is a blog :" DayCare at Night __ Over-Night Care __ Night programs serving individuals with Alzheimer's "

Carers often experience chronic sleep deprivation. At the onset of nighttime. The demons of anxiety, anger, fear, hallucinations and paranoia come out. Night time can be unpredictable, up and down cycles.We need All-Night Care all night respite programs. nightregistry.blogspot

It takes just one person to encourage setting up Night-Care respite for those with dementia.
If YOU are using or involved with a assisted living facility, senior services, day-care, caregivers, senior center, or area agency discuss Night Care programs with your peers.
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