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What Do You Need to Do in Terms of Safety if Your Senior Is Moving In?

Moving your senior into your home may be the best decision for both of you. But there are some safety considerations that you need to be aware of before the big day so that you can prepare.

Senior Care in Sonoma CA: If Your Senior Is Moving In

Senior Care in Sonoma CA: If Your Senior Is Moving In

Start Any Repair Projects Right Away.

If you’ve been putting off any repair or maintenance projects, now is the time to get those completed. You don’t want to put your senior through that and it’s possible that some of the repairs and maintenance you’ve put on hold could actually improve safety around the house. You may be able to add certain safety modifications in, too.

Look for Tripping Hazards.

Look for anything that could create a tripping hazard for your aging adult. Clutter, unsecured throw rugs, and uneven flooring are all a potential problem. When you find an issue, do what you can to fix the problem right then instead of waiting, if possible. It’s very easy to forget potential issues if you leave them until later.

Rearrange the Kitchen.

Rearranging the kitchen may sound like an unnecessary and herculean task, but it has merit. Assess where the most frequently-used dishes are located now and see if there’s a spot for them that is even easier for your elderly family member to get to. If there is, make the change and see how it works. You can always move things back if this doesn’t help.

Consider Lowering Counters, if Possible.

If you’re already doing a bit of work, lowering some counters might be something you could consider. Many people don’t look at this as a safety solution, but it really can be. Lower counters can mean that your senior doesn’t have to bend or stretch in order to use the counter easily and safely.

Add Handrails Wherever Possible.

Hand rails are underrated by most people. They give your senior a stable surface to reach for if she should lose her balance. They can also help to stabilize her if she’s unsteady on her feet. You can attach hand rails almost anywhere, so start looking for wall space that could benefit from a hand rail or two.

Get Some Extra Help.

Senior care providers can help both you and your aging adult to spot potential safety issues and deal with issues related to getting settled in her new home. When you can’t be there, senior care providers can offer companionship and help with other concerns, such as preparing meals.

Living with your aging adult can be incredibly rewarding for both of you. It can also make caregiving easier on each of you. Safety is the first and biggest concern, though.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior 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.