Supporting a Senior Living with Restless Legs Syndrome

Elder Care in Bloomfield NJ: Supporting a Senior Living with Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is often misunderstood, which can lead to it being improperly managed. If your aging loved one is one of the approximately 10% of the entire population of the United States who is currently living with the irritating and disruptive symptoms of restless leg syndrome, they may be experiencing more impact than you can imagine. As a family caregiver, you were likely relieved to hear this condition is not linked to other neurological conditions, mobility issues, or serious health problems. It is important to realize, however, that just because RLS is not linked to more severe health consequences does not mean it does not have a major impact on your parents. The symptoms of RLS can be extremely challenging for an aging parents, cause them to not get the sleep they need, and can diminish their quality of life and well-being. Offering them ongoing support to can help them to better cope with their symptoms, and learn to manage them in ways that are right for them.

Use these tips to support a senior living with restless leg syndrome:

  • Make others aware of the condition. By telling other people about your senior’s RLS, you take away the stigma your senior might feel, ease any embarrassment they might experience, and give them more of an opportunity to move around or otherwise ease their symptoms. It is particularly important to it share this information with other members of your care team, and their elder care provider. This will allow them to help your parent with their management techniques.
  • Encourage your parent not to try to ignore the symptoms. The most common symptoms of RLS are described as an irresistible urge to move. If your senior is experiencing this symptom, they may feel like they should ignore it, or if they don’t give into it it will go away. This is not the case. If your senior has the urge to move, encourage them to fulfill that urge. Sometimes something as simple as shaking their legs, massaging the muscles, or taking a brief walk around the house can ease symptoms dramatically.
  • Help them create a soothing evening routine that can help them relax and improve their sleep. Light exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime, a soothing warm bath, a massage for their legs, and a set sleep schedule can all work together to help your parent relax and get better sleep with fewer symptoms.
  • Don’t overlook the importance of emotional support and reassurance. These symptoms, particularly among those who have severe cases and experience symptoms several times a week, can be very upsetting and discouraging. This can have a lasting negative impact on your parent’s mental and emotional health and well-being. Be there for your parent, and help them to understand that they are experiencing a real issue, that they are not being dramatic, and that you are there for them to help them cope.

Emotional support and social engagement are critical for all people. Unfortunately, many elderly adults do not have access to the same level of social interaction and emotional support they did when they were younger. As a family caregiver, it is up to you to help your senior find sources of this type of support and stimulation to help them maintain their best quality of life. Fortunately, elder care can be a valuable way to achieve this goal. An elderly home care services provider can act as a companion for your parent, provide transportation to help them stay more active, encourage them to find volunteer and other opportunities, and work with them to find enjoyable ways to stimulate their mind and help them maintain better mental and emotional well-being as they age.

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Restless-Legs-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet

For elder care in Bloomfield, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.
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