Your mother has been drinking coffee for most of her adult life. For a while it wasn’t really an issue, but as she’s gotten older and has been dealing with certain health issues, it’s become a point of contention between you. You managed to convince her to hire home care support, and when that aide began working with her, you thought she would support you in getting your mother to stop drinking so much coffee, especially in the evening.
March is National Caffeine Awareness Month and when a person consumes caffeine, it can affect them for up to eight hours. It is a stimulant that can impact sleep habits and patterns, energy levels, and much more.
Remember, your mother is an independent individual.
She has every right to decide what she does, what she drinks, and what type of care she relies upon. Maybe she didn’t agree to home care support at first. It might have been an argument you had with her that convinced her to finally relent and consider this prospect.
You thought this was a victory because you would have an ally on your side. Now you’re getting frustrated because this senior home care aide doesn’t seem to be doing anything to restrict your mother’s coffee consumption, especially in the afternoon and evening hours.
Maybe that aide has experience.
This aide understands your mother is an independent individual and has the right to decide what she does or doesn’t do. She may be able to offer advice to your mother, slipping in some information about the effects of caffeine, how long it can stay in your system, and exactly how it can affect her ability to sleep, but your mother still has the right to do what she wants to do, within reason.
You might provide some statistics for her.
If you have certain statistics about caffeine and how it can create insomnia or other sleep problems, you might be able to show your mother that her fatigue, inability to focus during the day, or others issues she’s dealing with could be directly related to not getting a restful night’s sleep every night.
You can even bargain with her.
There might be something she wants to do. Maybe she wants to go to an art gallery, a show, or to visit a particular beach this summer. You can make a bargain with her that if she gives up caffeine in the afternoon and evening for at least two weeks, you will take her where she wants to go.
When she does, if she does, she will probably discover how much more rested she feels after each night.
If you or an aging loved one are considering professional home care services in Memphis TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.
Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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