I care for my husband at home. Third year now, stage 2 Alzheimer’s. My big question is, how do I care for my husband when he wakes up frequently at night? Sometimes it’s for quite a long time. Can anyone else weigh in on this?
It is so important as a caregiver to take care of yourself first. If you are not rested or getting run down, you will not be able to care for your husband. If he is waking up during the night, it will cause you to worry about him wandering out of the house, falling, or becoming confused and disoriented. If you are not yet worried about these issues and you feel comfortable letting him get up by himself, let him. If you are worried at all, you may want to look into having someone come to your home and help keep an eye on him while you rest. I would also speak to his physician about his sleep patterns. Even though this is very common for dementia patients, it doesn’t make it easy to live through. His doctor may recommend something to help him rest or even something as simple as melatonin. Every family deals with situations that arise differently, so hopefully some of our readers will have a suggestion that you can relate to and will hopefully help!