Who doesn’t love a good sleep? I do. It’s a time where our bodies repair themselves. In the case of Elders there is a sameness ye they tend to deal with sleep in a different way and they really do value sleep. It may be a tricky business though since you have to be aware of any melancholy, depression or sadness.
Elders love sleep for all different reasons. Most of the Elders I worked with truly valued sleep. When in a nursing home it can be a challenge yet I can say I fought for many of my clients right to sleep; all elders.
In the case of dementia and any memory trouble, one has to be careful of mixing up his or her days and nights. Which we are all prone to. I worked with people having serious vision issues like macular degeneration, glaucoma, serious arthritis, bone and joint dysfunction and neuropathy and more.
I have sick intuition so I knew when to let them sleep. I truly am one of the most caring people around and many clients told me so. In fact many humans have said this. When my elders sleep I always kept a good eye on them. It’s a balancing act and it all depends upon how close to death or the other dimension he or she is.
If a person was not close to death I would encourage him or her to get up and walk to use the restroom or eat. So often their relatives or nursing staff people would not allow them to sleep and I thought that was bullshit.
I was and still am very protective of elder folks. If he or she is a crabby pants not so much. Yet, often times crabbiness comes from losing good thinking abilities, dementia, loss of physical vigor and in most cases loneliness. I always did my best to put myself in their shoes. They loved me for it.
So, essentially I used my intuition and let my Elders sleep as much as they wanted. Being responsible I had to ensure no bedsores, serious depression or other medical issues. Seniors often get urinary tract infections so you have to watch water intake.
I feel through sleep, Elders feel a Spirituality. I believe that me protecting them and allowing them sleep was a form of love. For me love is Spirituality.