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Tips for Traveling with a Senior Living with Crohn’s Disease or Colitis

Having ulcerative colitis can feel like every moment of your life is controlled by symptoms or even the possibility of symptoms. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with this condition, both of you might hesitate when considering the possibility of traveling. Simply because they are living with this condition, however, does not mean that they are not able to enjoy traveling. There are ways that you can prepare for travel so that together you can feel confident and even excited about traveling together.

Elderly Care in Sonoma CA: Travel Tips for Seniors with Crohn's or Colitis

Elderly Care in Sonoma CA: Travel Tips for Seniors with Crohn’s or Colitis

Use these tips for comfortable, confident travel with a senior living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis:

  • Consider the various forms of transportation available and select the one that will provide the greatest comfort for your parent. This can mean evaluating not just transit time, but also issues such as availability of a bathroom, number of stops or changes in plane or train, and the ability to change timing if needed.
  • If you are going to be taking some form of paid transportation, ensure that you tell someone about your parent’s condition so that they can provide help as necessary. If possible, make this arrangement prior to boarding, but if you cannot make a note on your reservation, seek out a flight attendant or conductor and let them know the situation so that they can provide accommodations as possible.
  • Request a wheelchair at the airport terminal. This will hasten movement through the airport.
  • Request a medical alert card that can strategically and discreetly provide information about your parent’s condition so that they can request use of non-public restrooms in an emergency.
  • Keep a kit of hygiene supplies and extra clothing with your parent at all times.
  • Encourage your parent to stay hydrated.
  • Ensure that they have any medications with them and that they are in their original containers accompanied by original prescriptions and doctor information.


Starting elderly care can be a fantastic choice for your aging parent and for you as their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parents on a fully customized schedule to ensure they always have access to the care that they need to manage their individual challenges and limitations in the way that is right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this elderly care provider can help your parent stay healthy, safe, and comfortable, and maintain a lifestyle that is as independent and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver it can be extremely reassuring to know that your parent has all of the care that they need both when you are with them and when you are not. This eases your stress and allows you to focus your time, energy, and efforts in the ways that are most meaningful and efficient. Having this care can be especially beneficial if you are in the sandwich generation caring for both your parent and your children, or if you live at a distance and are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly 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.