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Is it Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can seriously interfere with your senior’s sleeping and with her breathing. If you’re noticing some of these signs or your senior is mentioning them to you, it’s time to talk to her doctor.

Elder Care Rohnert Park CA - Is it Sleep Apnea?

Elder Care Rohnert Park CA – Is it Sleep Apnea?

Your Senior Is Really Tired During the Day

Daytime sleepiness can happen if your elderly family member isn’t sleeping well, so that alone might not be a sign of sleep apnea. But if she’s experiencing sleepiness during the day, she may have some of the other signs that do indicate sleep apnea. This symptom can be a clue to keep looking for other issues.

Your Senior Has Trouble with Concentration

If your elderly family member is having extra trouble concentrating, even on activities that she enjoys, it might be tied to her sleep issues. When your senior sleeps, that’s when her brain and her body recharge and process information. If her brain doesn’t get the chance to do that, she might have trouble the next day with thought processes.

Her Sleep Is Interrupted

Your senior might also let you know that she’s having trouble with her sleep in terms of it getting interrupted. She might have a tough time getting to sleep or even in staying asleep. She might also describe more instances where she suddenly jolts awake. With apnea, that’s often when people stop breathing and get startled awake.

She Snores When She Sleeps

A big indicator of apnea is snoring during sleep. Your senior might never have snored before, but if she is now, it might mean that she’s developed sleep apnea. For some people, the snoring can be so loud that they actually wake themselves up with it, which can be another reason that she’s experiencing interrupted sleep on a regular basis.

She’s Experiencing Symptoms in the Morning

Morning symptoms can also be a good clue. If your elderly family member is sleeping with her mouth open a lot, especially when she’s snoring, she might have a dry mouth or a dry throat. Some people with apnea also describe morning headaches that eventually stop.

Some of these symptoms might be tough for you to spot if you don’t live with your senior or if you don’t see her all day to notice what’s happening. This is where elder care providers can help you to notice things like daytime sleepiness, which can prompt you to ask questions of your senior and get her some help.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Elder Care Services in Rohnert Park CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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