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How Can Your Senior’s Health Indicate Her Risk of Falling?

Aging family members have exponentially more risks when it comes to possible falls as they continue to age. The more aware of those risk factors you are, the more you can do to help your senior to avoid falling.

Home Care Services Petaluma CA - How Can Your Senior’s Health Indicate Her Risk of Falling?

Home Care Services Petaluma CA – How Can Your Senior’s Health Indicate Her Risk of Falling?

Her Hearing and Vision

Your senior’s vision and her hearing affect whether she can see objects to avoid them and whether her balance is off more often. Both of these senses have far-reaching effects when they’re not functioning properly. That’s why her doctor does rudimentary tests of each during physical exams. Your senior’s doctor may also recommend that she see her eye doctor more often or begin seeing an audiologist.

Her Bones and Their Density

Your senior’s bones support her entire body. If they’re weak or likely to break or experience other injuries, she might find that it’s difficult to get around safely. She’s also at a much greater risk of severe injury if she does fall. A bone density test is something else your senior’s doctor may want to do periodically. This helps determine whether she might need medication or additional supplements.

Side Effects from Medication

Some of the medications your senior takes might make her more likely to fall. The side effects from her medication may be something she wants to avoid, but the medication itself may be necessary. It’s important to talk to her doctor and her pharmacist about how her medication might put her at greater risk of falling.

Chronic Health Issues

So many of the health conditions for which your senior might take medication can have their own fall risks associated with them. Low blood pressure, for instance, can be a huge problem if your senior tries to stand too quickly. Diabetes can also create circumstances, particularly in cases of low blood sugar, when your senior might be more likely to fall. Managing those health issues appropriately can help to correct those concerns.

How Physically Active She Is

If your elderly family member isn’t very physically active, she may have experienced more muscle loss than she realizes. It’s much easier for her to maintain her balance if she’s doing at least a little bit of exercise every day. Talk with her doctor about how much movement is right for her and what types of exercise are best for her situation.

If you’re concerned that your senior has more than a few risks for falling, hiring home care services providers can help. Home care services providers can watch for and alert you to safety concerns and they can also help your senior with her mobility. They’re able to be there when you can’t be and ensure that your senior is as safe as possible.

Excerpt: Your senior’s health and the particular situations she experiences can help you to determine her fall risk.

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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.