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Are There Safety Concerns Involved in Swimming for Your Aging Adult?

If your elderly family member is ready to give swimming a try, there are some safety considerations you should become acquainted with before she hits the pool.

Elder Care in Sonoma CA: Swim Safety

Elder Care in Sonoma CA: Swim Safety

Encourage Her to Take Swimming Lessons.

Swimming lessons are great whether your elderly family member has never been in a pool before or it’s been a long time since she’s had a swim. They can help her to remember what to do in the water and learn what her body can do right now in the water. There are a lot fewer pressures involved in taking swimming lessons than there are in signing up for a water aerobics class. And, if she’s never been in the water before, swimming lessons help her to stay as safe as possible.

Swimming After Eating Really Isn’t a Good Idea.

Almost everyone has laughed at that advice about waiting to swim two hours after eating. But the reasoning behind that is sound to a certain extent. If your elderly family member has recently had a large meal, then swimming can cause her to experience a cramp that can make it difficult for her to swim as well as she’d like. According to Duke Health, eating a snack before exercise can help your senior to keep her energy levels higher. There’s a happy medium here that your aging family member needs to find.

Side Effects from Medication Can Make Swimming Dangerous.

One fact that is true, however, is that side effects from medications that your elderly family member takes can make swimming dangerous if you’re not careful. Some medications could make her dizzy or sleepy, which is not a good combination when she’s ready to swim. The key here is timing and understanding how your elderly family member’s medications make her feel.

Remind Her to Swim with a Partner.

No matter how strong of a swimmer your senior is, she should always head to the pool with a partner. That might be you or an elder care provider, but it helps to ensure that there’s always someone there if something should go wrong while she’s in the pool. Pools that have lifeguards or other safety systems in place offer a backup for having a swim partner.

Check with the pool where your elderly family member will be swimming to determine what types of safety measures they have on hand. Pools in gyms and senior centers may have far more safety measures in place than a pool at an apartment complex, so it’s important to know what’s available.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder 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.