It’s time to spring ahead with daylight savings time. But, how will this affect the health of an elderly loved one? Seniors may have trouble adjusting, especially those with health issues or chronic illness. Here are four effects of Daylight Savings Time on seniors home health care.
Sleep Difficulty Affects Seniors Home Health Care
Many seniors have difficulty with sleep during daylight savings time. Interruption of regular sleep patterns is the biggest problem they face. Lack of sleep can lead to serious health concerns. When we spring ahead, we lose an hour of sleep and it takes several days to reset our internal clock.
Sleep issues are already of great concern to seniors and those with a chronic illness. So, this transition can be very difficult.
Higher Risk of Heart Attack
Seniors with disrupted sleep patterns due to aging are at a higher risk of having a heart attack in the first three days following daylight savings time. This is due to stress caused by sleep disturbance. Furthermore, seniors taking medications may make a mistake due to being tired. Speak with a healthcare provider about how to adjust scheduled mediations.
Check-in on seniors during this time to make sure they are adjusting to time changes. Likewise, you can contact a company such as Home Helpers to help with basic activities of daily living. Personal in-home care by a professional Home Helpers caregiver provides needed support that keeps your aging family member where they’re happiest: at home.
Sundowning in Dementia can be Worse After Daylight Savings
During this time, sundowning in dementia can become even worse. Seniors with dementia should be closely watched for signs of extra distress. Everyone has an internal clock and light effects our sleep/wake cycle. In addition, sundowning is affected by changes in natural light. Time change and daylight hours changing overnight adds extra stress to those suffering with sundowning. Even small changes can be extremely stressful.
The challenges of caring for a loved one who’s suffering from dementia can be overwhelming. Professional caregivers can ease the need for senior’s home health care. They’re experienced in dementia care and receive specialized training – many are certified in Alzheimer’s care through our partnership with the National Certification Board for Alzheimer’s Care (NCBAC). Consider hiring a Home Helpers home health care worker to help during this time.
Accidents - At Home, Work and Driving
Accidents at home and on the job are more likely right after daylight savings time. Seniors may be tired or groggy. This can cause their reflexes and reaction time to slow down. In addition, falls are more likely also. Lastly, seniors who drive should use extra caution.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, but seniors may take more time to adjust to daylight savings time. This time of year poses many health concerns. Even a small change in schedule can cause big problems for seniors.
Home Helpers provides a comprehensive set of services provided by skilled, trained, professional and compassionate caregivers dedicated to meeting your family’s needs. We work with you to create a customized care solution for the best possible quality of life for your loved one, and peace of mind for you.