Undergoing hip replacement surgery can be an incredible, life-changing experience for your elderly parent. If they have been suffering from pain, stiffness, loss of range of motion, mobility issues, or balance problems related to injury, illness, trauma, or other problems in their hip, this surgery can ease these difficulties and help your parent to achieve a higher level of mobility, function, independence, and quality of life. Along with the benefits of this surgery, however, comes a recovery period that can last up to a year after the procedure. How your parent handles this recovery is instrumental in the health and strength of their body moving forward, and how soon they will be able to achieve and enjoy the benefits of the procedure. One way that you can help them to get through this recovery effectively is to start elder care for them.
Some of the ways that an elderly home care services provider can help your parent recover from hip replacement surgery include:
- Assistance with housekeeping tasks. Tasks such as cleaning up, taking out the trash, lifting laundry, and other housekeeping needs can put strain on your parent’s new joint. A care provider can help them to handle these tasks so that their home remains clean, healthy, and comfortable without straining your parent.
- Help with personal care tasks. Particularly during the early days and weeks of recovery, personal care tasks such as bathing and toileting will be more difficult for your parent. They will deal with pain and difficulty with movement that can make these tasks much harder and could even be dangerous for them if they try to do these tasks themselves. A care provider can provide physical support to your parent to help them handle these tasks effectively and safely.
- Compliance reminders. Your parent will be prescribed medications and given instructions to follow during their recovery. It is important that these are followed exactly in order to get the benefits that the doctor intends. An elder care provider can give your parent valuable reminders to help them stay compliant with these prescriptions and instructions so that they can continue to follow through with what they are meant to do to support their recovery.
Starting elder care can be one of the best decisions that you can make throughout your caregiver journey with your aging loved one. This is particularly true if your senior suffers from serious limitations or challenges, or is preparing to undergo or has recently undergone a serious medical procedure such as a hip replacement. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, support, and assistance that they need, when they need it. This also ensures that you are still able to give them the care that you are able to and maintain the schedule that is best for both of you. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can help your parent through the challenges of recovery, prepare for future challenges, and make the most of this new chapter in their lives. When it comes to getting through the recovery phase, this can include providing physical support and assistance, taking care of tasks throughout the home so that your parent does not have to, and providing reminders and encouragement to keep them compliant with their medications and treatments.
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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.
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