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Who Might Need Overnight Home Care

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Who Might Need Overnight Home Care

This article looks at who might need overnight home care. This article explores what is classed as overnight care and what a night care worker does.

Who needs overnight care?

Overnight care is a way of easing your anxiety or a loved one's anxiety about spending time alone at night. But overnight care can also help in a variety of different other ways, this includes:

Support with administering different medications throughout the night

Helping with toilet breaks

Consistent help with changing positions in a bed. This is especially useful after an injury or an operation.

Assistance with complicated care needs with all the help of a nursing-led team.

Increasing overall health by the person being cared for being able to sleep properly all through the night

Having a person on hand who can help with different progressive conditions. For example, types of dementia.

Having a person on hand who can help with different progressive conditions. For example, types of dementia.

Most importantly, being able to find a source of reliable overnight care is often a deciding factor when it comes to allowing people to remain living within their own homes instead of moving into residential care.

What is classed as overnight care?

Overnight care is when a carer stays in a home overnight in order to help a person with the normal activities of their day-to-day life. It is common for people to have daycare, and much of the time, this is sufficient enough to keep a person healthy and independent.

But for others, having a person there overnight is just as important and necessary.

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What Are the Benefits?

For many families, having the knowledge that a loved one is spending the night alone and may end up hurting themselves or getting in an accident can be a huge concern.

If an emergency happens during the late evening or early morning and there is no one around to help and act quickly, then it can very easily lead to a crisis situation. Loved ones will not always have a personal care alarm in their home, so they cannot send an alert to ask for assistance.

With professional support ready and waiting in the home, these worries can be put to rest. The main benefit of overnight care is that people in the situation who might be anxious or lonely are capable of resting well and getting a healthy night's sleep.

Sleep deprivation is serious and can lead to a deterioration in functionality during the daytime, as well as great difficulty in taking part in routine activities.

Who Might Need Overnight Home Care?

A person's mobility can begin to suffer, and this can mean that a person is more likely to become disorientated and take a fall. If a person has been missing a lot of sleep, then in order to catch up, they might have to nap during the day and therefore miss social activities and essentially reduce their interactions in the daytime. Sleeping well is incredibly important to our health as humans.

It is a vital time when both our bodies and minds can recharge and heal. Overnight care facilitates this important process and provides clients with a substantial mental and physical boost. Having overnight care can also make a major difference when it comes to a person getting to stay and live in their own home rather than moving into a mental and physical boost. Not all families can provide care themselves round the clock, so overnight care can be the preferable option for them.

Who Is Overnight Care For?

For adults in their older years, the nighttime can be an especially dangerous time, for example, if they need to get out of bed and find their way to the toilet. Waking up at the night can lead to confusion, especially if the individual suffers from a type of mobility condition. This can easily lead to a trip or a fall taking place.When it comes to other medical conditions such as dementia, the early hours of the morning can be a time for what is known as 'wandering'.

This can mean that the individual needs round-the-clock supervision. Conditions that are complex can also need nighttime intervention so that needs such as medication management can be arranged. Nursing-led ventilator care can also be important.If a loved one or you are currently recovering from surgery or an illness, then you might need help with your repositioning from a care worker.

Types of Care

Overnight care is highly flexible, and there are various different aspects that can be used for different needs. An individual's exact requirements can be discussed to decide on exactly which type of overnight care is best for them.

Sleeping Night Care

This is a great option if you would like to have around all through the night, but the individual does not actually require regular assistance. A sleeping night care worker is commonly allowed to help the individual twice during the night before the service can be considered to be waking night care.

Sleeping night care workers are fantastic for providing peace of mind so that an individual is not anxious and can have a good night's rest.

Waking Night Care

A waking night care worker is for the people who have much greater needs and need to have regular help all throughout the night. All waking night carers can be on hand at a moment's notice in order to assist with any care that is needed, for example, medication administration, repositioning or toileting.

When the waking night carers are not helping with these activities, they can assist with other domestic duties.

Who Is Overnight Care For?
Overnight Respite Care

Overnight Respite Care

If an individual already has a regular carer who is around and on-hand to cover needs during the night time, then overnight respite is a period of time where they can have a break and recharge.

This arrangement can be created as a sitting service in order to provide short-term cover. It can also be a good way to test whether overnight care will work for an individual as a longer-term option.

Visiting Night Care

This is for people that do not require a person to be present all through the night. All they need is visiting night care. Overnight care teams will just visit during the late hours for around half an hour so that any needs that need to be covered can be attended to. 

If an individual knows at what times they will need assistance during the night, then this can be arranged one or two times every night.

How to get help at home from a paid carer

There are two ways that you can receive help at home from a paid worker:

You can arrange your own homecare

Your local council can arrange homecare for you if you are eligible for it

How your council can help

If you want your council to assist you with your home care, then you need to begin by asking them for a needs assessment. The needs assessment will help the council to understand whether you are eligible for care. If you are eligible for care, then the council will be able to recommend a paid carer for help at home. The council will also be able to arrange home care for you.

If you are not eligible for home care, then the council will still give you free advice as to where you can go to get help with home care within your community.

Paying for homecare

Depending on the specifics of your circumstances, your local council may offer to contribute some money to the cost of your home care. In other situations, you will have to pay for the total cost yourself.

If your needs assessment recommends that you need home care, then you can receive help with the cost from the council. The amount that you yourself will contribute is dependent on your specific income and savings. The council will do a financial assessment to work this out. 


If you have questions about the needs of a person who needs overnight care, we hope this information has been useful to you.

We offer specialist home care services and live-in care for vulnerable adults throughout London. Get in contact today if you have a loved one that would benefit from professional care at home.