Overnight Care for Seniors

For various reasons some seniors require overnight care. Some seniors require overnight care every night and some only a few. Others require overnight care in combination with care during the day as well.

Some families know what the senior requires in this regard and others, where the situation may not be as clear, require a healthcare company to perform an assessment, possibly in conjunction with a medical assessment to determine the appropriate form of senior care at home or wherever the senior may be.

There are many situations that can create the need for a senior to want or need overnight care is required either by itself or in conjunction with care during the day.

These factors include:

1. Does the senior have dementia and become confused and become afraid as to where they are?

2. Does the senior have dementia with short-term memory loss and become disoriented and afraid?

3. Is the senior, due to medical conditions, confined to bed most or all of the time.

4. Does the senior have difficulty walking independently and thus may be at risk getting up at night to go to
the bathroom?

5. Is the senior sleep disrupted to the extent where they seriously disrupt the sleep of their spouse who may
be the primary caregiver?

6. Is the senior simply afraid of being alone at night?

7. Is the senior just home from hospital following lengthy or complex care and the family feels they may need
short term care just in case they are weak and at risk?

8. Does the senior have dementia and at risk of wandering and risking their safety?

9. Does the senior wander at night?


When evaluating overnight care options for your loved one you should be aware of and consider the following factors.

1. Try to determine if care is for a short-term period related to a temporary requirement by the senior or if
it is either of a longer-term nature or if the period of care is unknown.

2. Determine how well the senior sleeps at night because if he or she is very sleep disrupted it makes care
at home much more demanding as the caregiver cannot sleep well or at all during the night

3. What specific types of support does the senior require overnight. Increased complexity of needs may
require a caregiver with specific training and skills.

4. How able are family members to assist the senior during the night. Consider the time commitment, potential
lack of sleep involved, skills to provide care, etc.


If you are evaluating Home Care Agencies or Healthcare Companies to provide some or all of your required overnight care keep in mind that each company may offer different services in different ways and various prices.

Ideally you want a company that offers you choices of services and varying price levels.