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Home Care in Santa Rosa CA: Empowering Your Senior Loved One

Home Care in Santa Rosa CA: Empowering Your Senior Loved One

The thought of your elderly parent going through cancer can be one of the most frightening things that you think of in your caregiver journey with them. When they receive a diagnosis of lung cancer it is likely that you immediately have thoughts, opinions, and beliefs regarding how they should handle this news and how they should move forward in their cancer experience. While you have these thoughts and beliefs because you love your parent and want to make sure that they are doing everything that they can to stay as healthy, safe, and functional as possible as they age in place, it is extremely important that you also keep in mind that this is your parent’s journey and they need to have the ability to make the decisions that are right for them.

In your role as both your parent’s family caregiver and their adult child, you can make a tremendous difference in how they approach their cancer journey and how they feel about it simply with the attitude that you present from the beginning. Showing respect and confidence in them and empowering them to make their own decisions gives your parent greater peace of mind, strength, and security, and can help them to make decisions faster.

This is important in several ways.

This empowerment and feeling as though they have made the decisions that are right for them as individuals and for their particular experience with cancer is valuable for your parent’s mental and emotional health, helping them to see themselves as capable and relevant, and not making them feel as though you are taking over their life or trying to manage them. This can also help their physical health as well. Empowering your parent to make these decisions can help them to make them faster, ensuring that they get on the course of care and treatment that is right for them as soon as possible, increasing the likelihood of success.

Empower your parent by letting them know that you are there for them.

Respect the decisions that they make and support them in their ability to make those choices. Make sure that they know all of the options that are available to them, and that if they want a second opinion or to seek treatment with another doctor, they have the right to do that.

 

If your aging parent is suffering from a serious health complication such as lung cancer and you have been trying to find ways to help them handle their condition, stay healthy and safe, and maintain the highest quality of life possible, starting home care may be the ideal choice. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your elderly parent to fill in any care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you give to them. This means that if you have any challenges or limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill all of your parent’s needs effectively and efficiently, you can feel confident knowing that the home care provider is there to handle these tasks with your senior. Whether your schedule is too busy to keep you in your parent’s home as often as you would want to be, you have physical limitations that keep you from being able to give them the physical assistance that they need, or you have emotional limitations that prevent you from being able to handle specific tasks, your parent will still get everything that they need. This helps to keep them happy, healthy, safe, and comfortable while preserving your relationship, your health and well-being, and your parent’s quality of life.

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

 

Sources

https://www.lungcancerfoundation.org/wlcd/

http://www.chestnet.org/News/CHEST-News/2016/08/World-Lung-Cancer-Day

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-small-cell-lung-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/statistics/index.htm

 

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.