Identity theft and other forms of fraud are serious issue among elderly adults. Seniors tend to represent a large percentage of those who fall victim to identity theft throughout the United States each year. This is due to a variety of factors, and as a family caregiver it is extremely important for you to not only recognize the risk your parents are in, but to take meaningful steps in all aspects of your care routine with them to reduce this risk and protect them from the potentially devastating consequences that can occur as a result of this type of crime.
One activity that can be particularly risky in terms of making your parent vulnerable to identity theft is use of the internet. The internet can represent a very important and useful resource for your parents when it comes to staying in touch with friends and family, shopping, learning new things, and more.
Unfortunately, it can also be very risky and make the chances higher that your senior will experience identity theft. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help reduce your parents risk of this crime while also allowing them to enjoy the benefits of the internet.
Some ways you can help reduce the risk of identity theft for your parents while they use the internet include:
Learn to identify the difference between an encrypted website and one that is not encrypted. If your aging parent utilizes a site that is not properly encrypted, they are at risk. These sites are not secure, and can easily be accessed by those wishing to use personal information fraudulently.
Remind your parents that a legitimate business will never ask for personal information when your senior is not soliciting a specific service. For example, the only times they should be willing to provide information such as their social security number is if they are purposely applying for credit from a verified source or similar situations.
Make sure your parent does not click links in emails, even if the email appears to be coming from a friend or family member. Criminals can mask emails, making them look as though they come from a familiar source, and put links in them that will make your parent vulnerable to hacking.
Ensure your senior never posts personal information on publicly-accessible platforms, such as social media. This includes never putting information such as their social security number, credit card numbers, PINs, or even date of birth where someone can access it without authorization.
Review the password your parent uses for online accounts such as social media, online banking, and online shopping. Make sure they use unique passwords for their different accounts, and that these passwords cannot be easily guessed.
Simply because your parent is getting older does not mean they shouldn’t be able to pursue a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling as they possibly can. In many situations, their challenges and limitations can keep them from doing everything they’d like. If this is a situation with your aging parent, starting homecare for them may be the ideal solution.
A homecare services provider can be with your parent on the schedule that is right for them to ensure that they have access to support, care, and assistance designed specifically for them. The services available from a homecare provider are completely customizable, which means you can feel confident your parent is getting exactly what they need, but that you are still at the forefront of their care. With this type of care, your parent can feel more independent, stay safer and healthier, and enjoy this chapter of their life more completely, while avoiding risks and managing their needs.
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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.