Sleep apnea is a result of an obstructed airway. Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that may be signified by snoring. This is no joke and as an elderly caregiver, if I was to recognize that one or more of my clients snored, I would suggest that they get to their medical doctor right away because this is no laughing matter. It is dangerous and a diagnosis should come from the proper medical personnel – not the elder themselves!
Their primary care physician may have to seek the extra help that the senior needs from a sleep specialist in order to form a proper diagnosis and give proper care. One way that a caregiver will be able to help assist with the diagnosis is to relate the fact that their client’s snoring in the nighttime is associated with their daytime fatigue or sleepiness. In fact, helping is yet another way for a caregiver to show that With Age Comes Respect.
Caregivers, many times, have to be with an elderly client because they would be all alone otherwise. This is how they can determine some health problems like sleep apnea. This does not in any way, shape or form lend the notion that an elderly caregiver is a medical professional. They just have an inside scoop that can help the professionals keep the seniors happy and healthy!