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What Kinds of Changes Might You Experience if Your Aging Adult Moves in with You?

Moving is one of the more stressful experiences that anyone can have in their lifetime. This is definitely true for your aging family member if she’s moving into your home with you. Here are a few things to consider.

Senior Care in Cotati CA: When an Elderly Loved One Moves In

Senior Care in Cotati CA: When an Elderly Loved One Moves In

You’re Changing Roles a Bit.

The biggest consideration here is that this is a full reversal of roles for you and your elderly family member. As her primary caregiver, you may have only danced around this reversal. But now, with your aging adult moving into your home, these changes are much more obvious and permanent. Your elderly family member might even resist this role change by rebelling or otherwise asserting her independence.

Your Space Is Going to Change.

By default, your home is going to go through some adjustments, too. You’re going to be giving up space that normally serves other purposes in order to give space to your aging adult. You might even need to renovate parts of your home to ensure that it’s safe for your elderly family member.

Your Aging Adult Might Need Time to Adjust.

This is a massive change, even if your aging adult is eager to move in. Give your elderly family member time to adjust so that she can fully absorb her new life. You’ll need some time to adjust, too. After a few months, things are likely to feel much more normal for both of you.

She Needs Her Own Space.

One way to help your senior adjust as quickly as possible to this new living arrangement is to make sure that she has her own spaces. This can mean a bedroom and bathroom that are all her own or it could mean several rooms, depending on the space that you have available.

And So Do You.

Keep in mind that you’re going to need your own space, too. In fact, you might need far more space than you think. Enlist the help of senior care providers and take frequent breaks from caregiving as you and your elderly family member are adjusting. This can help ensure that you’re de-stressing instead of bottling up emotions.

Having as much information as possible can help you to make the right decision at the right time. Be sure to talk with your elderly family member’s doctor about what to expect with her health.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Cotati, 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.