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How Does Your Loved One’s Doctor Diagnose Incontinence and Other Urinary Tract Issues?

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Home Care in Rohnert Park CA: How Does Your Loved One’s Doctor Diagnose Incontinence and Other Urinary Tract Issues?

Having an understanding about how your loved one’s doctor diagnoses urinary tract issues can help both you and her to be more at ease about bringing up the topic. The more your loved one’s doctor knows about what is going on, the more he can help.

 

Urodynamic Testing

Urodynamic testing is an umbrella term for the series of tests that your loved one’s doctor might go through to determine exactly what’s going on with her urinary health. Some of the tests are as simple as your loved one urinating while the doctor is able to listen from outside the room. Others are more complicated, involving timing your loved one as she urinates or measuring how much urine is left in her bladder after she urinates. Some of these tests are completely noninvasive, while others involve catheterization.

 

Get the Conversation Rolling

In order to get to this point, your loved one may have to start being more open with what is going on with her urinary health. It’s not uncommon at all for loved ones to avoid talking about urinary tract issues, leakage, or anything else related to the topic. If you can get the conversation started with her and her doctor, she may soon find that the situation isn’t as difficult as she’s expecting.

 

Bring Thorough Information

When you do finally talk to your loved one’s doctor about the problems she’s experiencing, make sure that you have thorough information. He’ll need to know how much water and other fluids she typically drinks in a day, for example, or when she’s likely to experience the most leakage. The more information that you can offer your loved one’s doctor, the more thoroughly he can research the issue.

 

Follow the Treatment Plan

Once your loved one has a treatment plan, it’s important to follow it closely so that you can find out how well it’s going to work. If the treatment plan isn’t working for her, that can easily be adjusted to accommodate her situation. But if she’s not following it at all, she won’t know how much relief she could have received.

If your loved one isn’t comfortable managing her urinary tract conditions with you, she might feel more open talking to home care providers instead. Sometimes you’re just too close for her to be comfortable.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Rohnert Park, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955

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.