March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal opportunity for you to educate yourself and your aging parent about this category of cancers, and take the steps that you need to to either reduce your senior loved one’s risk of developing such a disease, or to help them manage the disease in the way that is right for them should they develop it.
Some things that you should know about National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month include:
- Cancers in this category are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women throughout the United States
- Cancers in this category are the third most common cancers diagnosed in both men and women throughout the United States
- Nearly 134,500 new cases of colorectal cancer occur each year across the nation
- This number represents 8 percent of the total number of new cancer cases
- Approximately 49,190 people die from colorectal cancer in this country each year
- This number represents 8.3 percent of the total number of cancer deaths each year
- Just under 4.5 percent of all men and women will develop colorectal cancer at some point in their lives
- Approximately 90.1 percent of those who are diagnosed when the cancer is at the localized stage will survive at least five years after diagnosis
- Around 39.4 percent of cases are diagnosed at the localized stage
- Approximately 71.2 percent of those who are diagnosed when the cancer is at the regional stage will survive at least five years after diagnosis
- Approximately 13.5 percent of those who are diagnosed when the cancer is at the distant stage will survive at least five years after diagnosis
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with cancer or they are at increased risk of cancer, getting started on elder care for them can be one of the best decisions that you can make. A journey with cancer is challenging, both emotionally and physically, and both of you will need all of the support, assistance, and encouragement that you can get. An elderly home care services provider can be there with your senior loved one on a customized schedule that is right for them. This means that they can get the care that they need while also ensuring that you are at the forefront of their care routine, getting them what they need, when they need it throughout this experience. A care provider can also be a valuable tool for helping your parent pursue their care and treatment goals in the way that is right for them. By understanding the instructions, recommendations, and prescriptions set forth by their doctor, this care provider can encourage your parent to remain compliant with them, as well as integrate these recommendations into their daily routine. This helps to ensure that your parent takes their medications or fulfills their treatments when and how they are supposed to, and that they make the lifestyle choices that they should to help keep their body as healthy as possible, and to support mental and emotional well-being as they age in place.
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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.