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Why You Need to Meet Your Parents’ Doctors

Getting to know your parents’ doctors is one of the best moves you can make. When their care needs change, you’ve already established a path of communication. The doctors know you and understand your parents’ wishes in what information can be shared. Here are the best reasons to get to know your parents’ doctors.

Home Care in Sonoma CA: Meeting Your Parents' Doctors

Home Care in Sonoma CA: Meeting Your Parents’ Doctors

HIPAA Permissions Can be Discussed and Implemented in Person.

Your mom and dad’s doctors cannot give you any medical information without a signed HIPAA in place. These medical privacy laws keep many adult children from understanding their parents’ health needs. If you go to the doctor’s appointment with your mom or dad and have them fill out the HIPAA paperwork, you’ll be able to get information when it’s necessary.

You’ll Get on the Same Page in Terms of Diet, Exercise, and Medications.

When you talk to your mom and dad’s doctors, you’ll be able to ask questions regarding your mom or dad’s dietary needs and exercise goals. You can also ask questions about medications your parents are prescribed and any over-the-counter medications or vitamins they take.

Both You and Your Parents Get to Ask Questions.

Your parents may not have any questions for their doctors, but you do. When you have a path of communication with the doctors, you can ask questions you have. You’ll better understand where they may need additional care in the near future.

You’ll Hear the Doctor’s Care Instructions.

In today’s busy world, doctors sometimes have a tendency to rush from one patient to the next. If your parent has questions and the doctor answers in a hurry, your parent may not understand what’s been said. If you’re there, you can make sure instructions are clear and make sure your parent is following orders at home.

During Emergencies, You’ll Know Everything the ER Doctor Needs.

If your mom or dad falls and is taken to the ER, you’ll know all of the important information. You can answer questions, get in touch with your parent’s primary care physician, and know what care your parent would want when he or she cannot speak up.

As your parents’ health needs change, you’ll also be in a great position for discussing home care options. You’ll know what medications your parent needs to take and if there are dietary restrictions. You’ll have the information needed to discuss care plans with caregivers. Talk to a home care agency today to learn more about the different services caregivers offer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Sonoma, 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.