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7 Safety Tips for Elderly People Who Use the Restroom at Night

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Seniors sometimes experience health changes that make it more likely to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Medication side effects, incontinence, and insomnia are just a few reasons for late night toileting.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home senior care. Omaha families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Walking in the dark while half awake places seniors at risk for injuries and wandering. Here are a few safety tips for seniors who use the toilet at night.

1. Install a Bed Rail

The urge to use the restroom could cause your loved one to get out of bed too quickly. A bed rail provides something sturdy to balance with and prevents falling out of the bed at night.

2. Install Proper Lighting

Automatic nightlights and bathroom fixtures make life easier for seniors. Place automatic nightlights in your loved one’s room, in the hallway, and in other areas along the walking path to the bathroom. Also, keep a lamp on the nightstand for your loved one to use immediately upon waking up.

3. Use Slip-Resistant Flooring

Make sure your loved one has safe floors to walk on. While rugs may seem like the solution for slippery tile, your loved one could trip over them in the middle of the night. Check the floors often, and replace carpet that has wrinkled. If your loved one prefers using rugs, make sure they have slip-resistant backing.

4. Highlight the Bathroom Route

Seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease may get lost on the way to the restroom. Consider using colored tape along the hallway to guide your loved one to the right place. Glow-in-the-dark materials are great for illuminating this path at night, and you can also paint the bathroom door a noticeable color.

5. Use a Motion Activated Toilet

Lights can be placed on toilets to draw a senior’s attention to the place he or she needs to go. A motion-activated toilet also helps seniors maintain their focus in the restroom. Make sure the toilet is located near a handrail so your loved one has a sturdy place to keep his or her balance when sitting and rising.

6. Provide a Call Device

Older adults with limited mobility may need help using the toilet. Place an intercom or phone near your loved one’s bed so he or she can call for help. This way, a caregiver can guide your loved one to the restroom and provide assistance if needed.

If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Omaha seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

7. Keep Vision Clear

Seniors often forget their glasses when they are in a rush to use the bathroom. Make sure your loved one has a pair by the bed, and consider placing a second pair in the restroom in case he or she forgets the first pair. With the right lighting and proper eyewear, your loved one will have a clearer view of the route to the restroom.

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Omaha live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life. To hire a dedicated and professional caregiver for your aging loved one, call Home Care Assistance at (402) 249-0204 today.  

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