As your senior ages, she’s going to need more help. But how do you know if she needs a lot more help now?

Homecare Novato CA - How Do You Know it’s Time to Step in and Help Your Senior? 

Homecare Novato CA – How Do You Know it’s Time to Step in and Help Your Senior?

Asking for Help Might not Be an Option for Her 

It’s entirely possible that no matter how involved you already are in your senior’s life she just doesn’t think about asking you for more help. She might worry about being seen as a burden or she might not think about asking you for more. She very likely has started to compensate for the help that she needs by doing things differently than she did in the past.

It’s Possible She Thinks Everything Is Fine 

Aging can be subtle, even for your senior. It’s entirely possible that she honestly believes that everything is fine and that she doesn’t need more help. She’s not deliberately misleading you or herself. She truly doesn’t believe that she needs more help because she gets done what she wants to do, even if it takes longer to do it. But some help would be nice.

It’s Possible You Think Everything Is Fine 

Depending on your own situation, you might be more in denial than you realize, too. You’ve likely got your own life going on and there are plenty of things demanding your attention. So when your senior doesn’t make a big deal out of her own situation, that might leave you feeling soothed about what is happening in her life.

Signs of Trouble 

It helps to know what the signs of trouble are so that you can start to watch out for them. Things like mail that piles up or changes to your senior’s mobility are signs that she might need more help. If her home starts to look different, especially if it’s dirtier or there seem to be more hazards than ever before, that’s a problem. You might also want to pay attention to whether she seems to be losing weight, gaining weight, or otherwise changing her eating habits abruptly.

If you’re in doubt at all, talk to your senior about what you think might be happening. Having an open and loving conversation can help you to either find some solutions or revisit the topic later. One answer that can help both of you now is to hire homecare providers, especially if you’re busy with too much right now. Homecare providers can give you an assessment of how much help your senior might really need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Homecare Services in Novato 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.