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Is it Time for Your Senior to Have More Hands-on Help?

Knowing when it’s time to bring in some extra help is not an exact science. In fact, you might find yourself wondering and debating with yourself before you take that final step. Here are a few signs that it might be time for more hands-on help for your senior.

Home Care in Oakmont CA: Is It Time for More Help?

Home Care in Oakmont CA: Is It Time for More Help?

Her Mobility Isn’t So Great.

If your elderly family member is finding it more and more difficult to get around, then she may need some help beyond what you’re able to provide. You can’t be there every minute of every day, even though you probably want to be. So having someone else who is able to step in and make sure your senior is able to get around safely is vital.

She’s Experiencing Declining Health.

Various different health conditions can leave your senior reeling. You may also have a difficult time keeping up with everything. That’s why having senior care providers available is so important. It gives you a chance to catch your breath and keep up with what’s going on while knowing that your elderly family member is getting the help she needs.

Decisions Are Difficult for Her.

Your senior’s physical health is only part of the story. If it’s becoming difficult for her to make decisions or to noodle through situations on her own, then having someone else who is able to step in now and again can be incredibly helpful.

Keeping up with Meals and Household Tasks Is Difficult.

Two of the most demanding aspects of your elderly family member’s day are probably keeping up with everything around her household and eating healthy meals regularly. Whether you’re able to help out some or not, it can be a tremendous weight off your shoulders to know that home care providers are taking care of these issues for your elderly family member.

She’s Not Able to Drive Any Longer.

Your senior may find driving difficult or unsafe for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean that she has to stay home and wait for people to come to her. Having transportation options beyond driving herself is essential so that she can continue to have a vibrant and active social life. She may also want to continue running errands and with a little extra help, that can still be possible.

There’s no one way to know when it’s time to bring in extra help, but these situations can help you to start to evaluate how your elderly family member is doing. An even easier way to know that it’s time to get more help is to sit down with your senior and ask her if she’s open to the idea.

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