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Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s and Can’t Sleep. What Can You Do?

Alzheimer’s Care Media PA

You’ve been taking care of your mother for a while. Ever since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you knew your father was not up to the task of taking care of her. He had been dealing with the effects of two heart attacks, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Alzheimer's Care Media PA

Alzheimer’s Care Media PA

You didn’t live all that far away and decided to stop by after work each day. Eventually, though, it began to take up more and more of your time.

You didn’t mind at first, but you’re starting to feel the effects of stress and anxiety in your work, relationships, and other aspects of your own personal life.

Now your mother can’t sleep.

Your mother seems to be dealing with insomnia. She moans, cries out in the middle of the night, gets up and walks around the house, seems to get lost at times, and is having an effect on your father as well. He’s unable to sleep soundly throughout the night, even though they are now sleeping in separate rooms.

You’ve gone over there late at night, talked to her, helped calm her down, and waited until it seemed as though she fell asleep. You would leave, go home, have difficulty sleeping yourself because of your concerns and worries, and then the next day find out she didn’t sleep very long or much at all.

What can you do?

There could be a number of reasons for this insomnia. Don’t try to diagnose this condition yourself. Your mother should consult her primary care physician, her doctor, for proper diagnosis.

It could be due to side effects of medications, some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, or some other factor. It might be something she’s eating. If she’s drinking coffee in the afternoon or evening, the caffeine may very well be creating a lot of difficulty for her.

She may be dealing with more serious memory loss issues you might not be fully aware about. She could wake up and not know where she is. She might be frightened, worried about things that aren’t relevant anymore, or completely disoriented.

Her doctor will be able to determine the best course of action.

Insomnia is a serious condition that can affect not just the progression of Alzheimer’s, potentially increasing the symptoms, but also her overall health. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t try to solve the problem yourself.

Get your mother to her doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis keep her calm in those evening hours.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in Media, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-311

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Perry C. Doc Alleva

True Direct HHC owner and administrator, Perry C. Doc Alleva has been in the health care community for over 10 years as a therapy solutions provider, as well as a home care services coordinator. He has extensive experience in caring for the disabled and the surgical acute, sub-acute, and rehab population. Rooted in his home-town city of Philadelphia, with strong ties to it's vast neighborhoods and communities, he's now focusing all his energies towards innovating the home health care agency's role in providing the essential care needed from individual to the family throughout the community.

Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."

In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.

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