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Is Your Parent Considering Using a Hearing Aid?

Your senses are how you interpret and interact with the world around you, and when one of those senses is compromised, it can be difficult to adjust. For your elderly parent, it is likely that they will be dealing with diminished acuity of their senses as they age. This is a normal part of aging, but not something that your senior just has to “deal with”. Instead, they can take steps to deal with these changes and modify their lifestyle so that they can continue to enjoy the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.

One very common issue for elderly adults is hearing loss.

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: Hearing Aids

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: Hearing Aids

Millions of aging adults throughout the United States deal with diminished hearing as they age due to structural changes, trauma, and pressure from excessive use throughout their life.  A powerful way that a senior can manage this change is by using a hearing aid. If your elderly parent is considering using a hearing aid, you can make a tremendous difference in how they see this issue and the benefit that they get from it.

 

Some things that you should know about using a hearing aid include:

  • Hearing aids do not fully restore hearing, but can improve your parent’s ability to interpret sound and communicate with those around them.
  • It is very important that your elderly loved one work with a professional to help them choose the hearing aid that is right for them, fit them with it, and help them to get accustomed to it.
  • The use of hearing aids is not limited to severe or even moderate hearing loss. Even those with mild hearing loss can benefit from the improvement offered by the use of a hearing aid.
  • Despite common belief, use of two hearing aids at the same time is highly beneficial. This helps to promote binaural hearing, allowing your loved one to better identify the location of sounds, focus in noisy environments, and hear more naturally.
  • There are many different types of hearing aids and it is important that your loved one has the one that is right for their particular hearing issue as well as the structure of their ear. This ensures the most comfort and best benefit for your senior.

 

If you have found that your aging loved one’s challenges and limitations are more than you feel that you can handle effectively, your abilities or availability have changed, or you simply feel that your loved one would benefit from more diversification of support and assistance, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. A home care provider can step in to fill any care gaps that might exist and ensure that your loved one is getting everything that they need on a schedule that is customized not just to their needs, but also to your needs as their family caregiver. This can help your elderly parent pursue the active, engaged, safe, healthy, and fulfilling quality of life that they desire and deserve, while also easing your caregiver stress and promoting more independence as your senior ages in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Petaluma, 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.