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Tips for Reducing Risk of Infection When Visiting Your Parent

Elderly Care in Windsor CA: Reducing the Risk of Infection

Elderly Care in Windsor CA: Reducing the Risk of Infection

Helping your parent to prevent infection is an important step in guarding their health as they age in place. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to infection, ranging from cold and flu to wound infections, due to lower immune systems, and are more likely to experience severe consequences as a result of these infections. Fortunately there are steps that you can take in all aspects of your care routine to reduce the risk that your parent will develop an infection. This starts with each time that you go to visit them. Keep in mind that when you interact with your parent you are bringing with you germs that you are carrying, as well as those that you may have come into contact with throughout your day. Taking simple steps can prevent you from spreading these to your parent and causing a potentially serious infection.

Use these tips to help reduce risk of infection when visiting your parent:

  • Do not visit if you have a fever, infection, cough, sore throat, or have been feeling sick.
  • Do not visit if you have been caring for another person, such as a child, who has any of the above symptoms.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before coming into contact with your elderly parent.
  • If you must sneeze or cough when with your parent, turn your back and sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm. Do not use multiuse handkerchiefs or keep tissues.
  • Avoid sharing food or beverages with your elderly parent.
  • If you have a cut or other such injury, make sure that it is properly treated and covered before interacting with your parent. If it is on your hand, wear latex gloves.


An elderly care provider can be an exceptional supplement to the care efforts that you give your aging parent. This care provider can step in to fill care gaps that might exist due to you not being able to be in the home with your parent on a regular basis, or limitations that you might have. They can also act as an additional source of companionship and support even if you are able to be with your parent every day, not only boosting your parent’s mental and emotional health and increasing their sense of social engagement and independence, but also reducing your stress and giving you the time to take much-needed breaks in the course of your care experience. The services that an elderly home care services provider can give to your parent will be personalized to specifically address their needs, as well as their personality and individual goals and preferences so that they are able to pursue the lifestyle that is right for them while staying safer and healthier as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Windsor, 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.