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Make Modifications in These Three Areas if Your Parents Want to Age at Home

What is aging at home? It’s when senior citizens opt to stay in the house they’ve owned or rented for years. Most choose it because it holds memories and is familiar. It’s also cost-effective to avoid the cost of selling, buying a new home, and paying for movers or moving vans.

Senior Care in Santa Rosa CA: Aging at Home

Senior Care in Santa Rosa CA: Aging at Home

Your parents want to age at home. That’s very common. If that is their plan, there are three areas where you should invest money to make sure they’re able to remain in their current home.

Kitchen Improvements.

Falls in the kitchen are more common than you might think. Reaching into a high cupboard by using a chair or climbing onto the counter can lead to a fall. To improve the kitchen, spend money on a step ladder that has safety rails on the sides and at the top for your parents to hold while going up and down the stairs.

Look at counters that have round edges. If your mom or dad does bump the counter, they’re less likely to get a bruise if the edge of the counter is rounded. You should also make sure the sink and stove are close. A heavy pot of pasta water is not something you want your parent having to carry across the room.

Finally, look at cupboards that have slide-out drawers and trays. This eliminates the need to reach way into the back of a cabinet to find something.

Bathroom Additions.

Two areas of a bathroom need your attention. Make sure grab bars are installed inside the tub or shower. Put grab bars around the toilet and outside of the shower or tub. Grab bars are essential for support while standing up or transferring from one area to the other when the floor may be wet.

Invest in non-slip flooring. Tiles may look best, but when tiles are wet, they can be dangerous. Textured vinyl is growing in popularity. It’s easy to clean, won’t warp if it gets wet, and the texture helps eliminate slips.

Moving a Laundry Room.

When possible, move a basement laundry room to a bathroom or kitchen. It eliminates the need for your mom and dad to go up and down basement stairs. If space is an issue, there are washing machine and dryer combinations that take up very little space. You could even think of converting a closet that doesn’t get used much into a laundry nook.

When mobility and attention to personal care start to slip, caregivers can help your parents remain independent at home. They’ll have senior care aides to help them with housework, meals, transportation, and reminders. Not only will you have peace of mind, but your parents also gain a new friend for companionship.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Santa Rosa, 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.

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