Care recipient (cr) becomes restless or disoriented at the end of the day and has difficulty sleeping through the night

Try: #increase daytime exercise and other physical activities #structure relaxing activities like walks or card games late in the afternoon and into the evening structure is important and can help develop a pattern of activity before sleep #discourage extended napping during the day if the cr needs to rest find out through trial and error how much rest is actually needed for the cr to be refreshed #limit periods of inactivity such as sitting and watching tv #limit caffeine sugar and junk food intake particularly late in the day #encourage the cr to eat four to six light meals throughout the day instead of three heavy meals consider a light snack before bedtime #turn on indoor lights well before sunset and close curtains at dusk to minimize shadows #minimize safety hazards when you know the cr is likely to be at risk in the home due to confusion put nightlights in the bedroom and hallways close off any parts of the home you don’t want the cr in with baby gates and put dangerous tools or foods in the kitchen out of reach or under lock

Materials: Simple games that match the cr cr’s ability level calming music adequate lighting light-blocking curtains safety devices such as baby gates cabinet locks and nightlights

Categories: Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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