Restless leg syndrome, also referred to as RLS, is a relatively common condition that affects approximately one out of every 10 people throughout the United States. Though it can occur in people of any age, including children, the frequency and severity of symptoms tends to increase as a person gets older. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to be able to recognize the symptoms of RLS so you can help your parent get the care and management they need to cope with the symptoms, and maintain their mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being even as they deal with this condition.
Some of the symptoms of restless leg syndrome include:
- Sensations of “electric impulses.”
- Irresistible urge to move.
- Creepy crawly sensations.
It is important to note these symptoms do not feel as though they are on the skin, but rather inside the limb itself. They generally develop or worsen when the person is at rest, particularly in the evening or after they have gone to bed. The urge to move can make it impossible for a senior to sleep or relax, and they may feel relief from shaking, bending, or otherwise moving their legs. Most of the time, these sensations occur on both sides of the body, and some people can experience similar symptoms in their arms as well. Those with mild cases of the condition will only experience these symptoms a few times a month. Moderate cases occur once or twice a week, and those with severe cases can experience them even more frequently. This can result in greatly disrupted sleep, which can then have a lasting negative impact on the rest of their quality of life and functioning.
Simply because your aging parent is getting older doesn’t mean they cannot enjoy an active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life. The customized services of an elderly home care services provider are specifically designed to not only help your parent manage their health and well-being needs in the ways that are right for them, but also to encourage them to find fulfillment and meaning in this new chapter of their life. This can include transportation and support to help them participate in activities, volunteering, learning opportunities, and more, helping them find new passions and pursue them, and providing companionship and care along the way.
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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.