The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend the average adult gets seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Contrary to popular belief this average remains relatively the same throughout an individual’s life. Seniors are likely to suffer from sleep deprivation, especially those who are past the age of 65.
This sleep deprivation can come from numerous causes, such as:
- Frequent urination
- Physical ailment
- Arthritis pain
There are many health issues such as anxiety and sleep apnea that can debilitate the quality in sleep for most adults; however, outside disturbances can be an equally burgeoning cause.
Seniors living in nursing homes are exposed to constant round-the-clock care, which is great but has its own set of cons. Residents may have their sleep interrupted by nurses caring for a critical individual nearby or by the delivery of medication. A noisy neighbor or chats between coworkers in the middle of the night can also be the cause. If you are concerned that a loved one living in a nursing home is not receiving the proper amount of sleep, voice your concern. Contact the nursing homes Ombudsman program, which is administered by the Administration on Aging. This administration helps resolve complaints made by or for residents in long-term care facilities. They are advocates of quality and personal care in nursing homes.
There are many reasons why a senior may not be receiving enough sleep, but the first step is figuring out the cause. Thereupon ensuring concerns are communicated to the appropriate channels and implementing a sleep schedule can make a world of difference. Sleep is vital to the overall physical and mental wellbeing of seniors.
Being informed is the first step to making sure you are living the best senior lifestyle possible. To find out if a facility is regulated by AHCA visit FloridaHealthFinder.gov. If you or a loved one have questions, concerns or complaints against an assisted living facility call AHCA at 1-888-419-3456.
OurSeniors.org was established to help provide important social visits for residents of facilities. Volunteer or donate to help correct this problem that can so easily be resolved.