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How Should Your Loved One Get Started with an Exercise Program?

Senior Care in Santa Rosa CA: Starting an Exercise Program

Senior Care in Santa Rosa CA: Starting an Exercise Program

If your loved one isn’t already exercising regularly, her doctor has probably already mentioned how many different ways she’d benefit from getting started. The truth is that exercise keeps your loved one’s body moving and it’s a wonderful way to help her get better sleep, too.

First, Talk to Her Doctor.

A key component to any exercise plan is to make sure that your loved one is medically fit to be able to exercise. That means starting out with a trip to her doctor. Once her doctor signs off on the idea of a new exercise plan, it’s time to figure out something that your loved one can start doing regularly.

Start out Slowly.

One mistake that lots of people make when they start exercising is that they try to start out too fast and too intense with their plan. Your loved one doesn’t need to do that. The key here is to develop a simple daily exercise routine that allows her to stay healthy.

Get More Active with Daily Activities.

Look at what your loved one already does during the day. If she already takes a few walks a week, look at ways to make those a daily activity. If there are other hobbies or activities that she does that involve movement, look at ways to make those more frequent or last longer when she engages in them.

Gradually Increase Her Activity Level.

As your loved one starts to get used to moving more often, it’s time to gradually increase her activity level even more. This might involve adding new activities that she’s interested in trying or simply making what she already does a little more intense.

Stick with It.

Having someone to work out with, whether that’s you or even a senior care provider, can help your elderly loved one to stick with her new exercise routine. The longer that your loved one can stick with her routine, the better. She might miss a day here or there, but overall she’s getting tremendous benefits.

No matter what your loved one’s previous activity levels were, getting just a little more exercise every day can help her significantly.

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