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Alzheimer's Care From Dusk Till Dawn

Posted Oct 02 2012 9:55am
This unique program provides what can best be described as over night respite care for Alzheimer's caregivers, and at night day care for Alzheimer's patients.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Alzheimer's Care From Dusk Till Dawn
One of the hottest stories about Alzheimer's care is now being carried by every major news outlet from USA Today to the Wall Street Journal .

What to do about Alzheimer's and dementia patients that stay up all night?

The answer is being supplied by the Hebrew Home at Riverdale called ElderServe at Night.

This unique program provides what can best be described as over night respite care for Alzheimer's caregivers, and at night day care for Alzheimer's patients. The program operates from 7 PM until 7AM. From dusk till dawn.

They take care of Alzheimer's patients that need supervision at night.


"Rather than fighting the inconvenient sleep cycle...Our philosophy is that we're engaging their behavior and we're letting it happen. So if someone wants to, you know, get up and walk and pace at 3 o'clock in the morning, we're going to engage that behavior because their internal clocks are so different."
~ Deborah Messina, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
I think you will find the video below of interest. You can get some good ideas about how to deal with behavior, and learn more about this over night respite program.

I actually first wrote about this program here on the ARR in 2008.

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Video courtesy of the New York Times




Bob DeMarco Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

The Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR) offers a searchable Knowledge Base that contains over 3,800 articles about Alzheimer's disease. This intellectual capital is offered free of charge and is available to the entire Alzheimer's community Worldwide via the ARR website.
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