Nursing Home Opens Dementia Night Camp to Allow In Home Care Giver's a Good Night's Sleep

A nursing home in one state has opened it's doors to give tired caregivers rest from dementia sufferers who do not sleep through the nights. The program is kind of a "night camp" for dementia victims who don't sleep at night or tend to wake up agitated or become frightened or disoriented by darkness. It is intended for patient's who do need 24-hour nursing home care, but often cannot sleep at night.

It's meant to provide care and structured activity all night long for people with Alzheimer's and similar diseases who live at home. One man said that before his father went into the program he would wake up in the night, loudly, and keep the rest of the family from sleeping. Now, the man comes home with drawing to show his son, and the rest of the family is well rested.

There are resting rooms for individuals who do want to sleep, but that is one of the more rear activities at the night camp. Instead, the residents choose to draw, cook, listen to music and play games. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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