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What Can You and Your Family Members Do to Better Understand Your Senior’s Wishes?

Part of being an effective caregiver involves really getting to the root of what your senior wants and needs in order to live her best life. To do that, you may need to hold a family meeting.

Senior Care in Novato CA: Understanding Your Senior's Wishes

Senior Care in Novato CA: Understanding Your Senior’s Wishes

Set up a Talk with Your Senior and Other Family Members.

Make it a point to set up a meeting with you, your senior, and other family members to talk about whatever is going on. Whether your elderly family member is facing health issues or she’s simply having difficulty with tasks that have always been easy before, you all need to get on the same page. Getting together and talking helps you to do that.

Encourage Everyone to Share How They’re Feeling.

Your senior definitely needs to have a say about what is going on with her life. But you and other family members also need to be able to express your concerns and how you’re feeling. Be aware that your aging family member might not share the concerns that you and your other family members have. Be open with each other and remember to share lovingly.

Listen to Your Senior’s Goals for the Future.

You also need to know what your elderly family member’s goals are for the future. Her biggest goal might be aging in place and staying in her home for as long as possible. Others goals might include improving specific aspects of her health, such as lowering blood pressure or blood sugar levels. When you know what your aging adult is aiming for, you can help her to get there.

Determine What Support She Needs.

Once you understand everyone’s concerns as well as the goals your aging adult has, you can start to find solutions. She may need support from you and other family members to help her get to doctor’s appointments regularly. Depending on her needs, your elderly family member may need even more help, which could mean hiring senior care providers.

Even when you have an idea of what your senior needs and wants, keep in mind that those needs and wants can change. It can help to have these kinds of meetings at least a couple of times a year to make sure you’re still hitting the mark.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Novato, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

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.