Grace was tired. She didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Her daughter Sara was tending to her elder care needs, but she couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden her mother didn’t want to get out of bed.
There could be any number of reasons why an elderly individual wants to remain in the comfort of their bed in the morning. Some simply need more rest and get into a habit of sleeping longer and later into the morning. Others may experience depression that causes them to want to remain in bed.
Sara noticed that any time she would go over to check on her mother in the morning, Grace would simply turn away from her, curl up, and ignore it. It was frustrating and even when she contact home care for the elderly professionals, they said that it could be due to any number of reasons. It could also be that her mother was incontinent and was embarrassed by the issue.
There are some strategies that you can use if you find your loved one spending more time in bed and refusing to get up during the morning or early afternoon hours. It’s important for people of any age, as long as they can physically move around, to get exercise during the day.
Below are a few strategies that you can try to help motivate your elderly loved one to get up and out of bed.
1. Have a plan for the day. If you don’t have any plans or they aren’t planning to do anything during the day, especially something that interests them, then it can be more difficult to become motivated to get up and going.
2. Have them talk to their doctor about depression. If your loved one is depressed, you can talk to their doctor, or encourage them to do this, and find out if it could be a medication they are taking or if there is an anti-depressant that they could be taking.
3. Have an honest conversation with them. There could be a number of reasons why your loved one is embarrassed about getting up or having you assist him or her. Talking honestly about the issue will likely shed light on the topic.
You may find that hiring a professional elderly home care provider is the best solution.
4. Hire professional elder care. While your loved one might appreciate your help, it could cause them to feel self-conscious, guilty, or have other concerns. By hiring a professional to help them get up and out of bed in the morning, it could be just they need.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Henrietta, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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