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Is Senior Care Right for My Elderly Parent?

Lakshmi was worried that because her elderly father was facing so many health issues recently, that he could no longer live alone in his home. However, when she suggested that he move somewhere else for better care, Lakshmi’s father refused. She was right to worry about him, as seniors with multiple health conditions have an increased risk of injury, illness, accidents and problems with maintaining a household. After exploring all the options, Lakshmi quickly realized that hiring a senior care provider for in-home care for her father was the best solution.

Senior Care Oakmont CA - Is Senior Care Right for My Elderly Parent?

Senior Care Oakmont CA – Is Senior Care Right for My Elderly Parent?

Although most aging adults might insist that they can get along just fine on their own, many adult children see the evidence that proves their elderly mom or dad really does need some assistance with daily tasks. Perhaps they see their elderly loved one struggle to make healthy meals or they notice problems with grooming and hygiene. No matter what the evidence, adult children who are acting as family caregivers are faced with several options about how to keep their aging parent safe, comfortable and happy at home.

As much as a family caregiver may want to set aside their own life and tend to their aging mom or dad, most people can’t do that full time. They need help and while other family members and friends may be able to assist every once in a while, the aging adult deserves someone stable, consistent, and reliable. That’s why hiring senior care providers has become so popular in recent years. Not only do aging adults get in-home care from a senior care provider, but family caregivers can rest easy knowing they don’t need to worry about health and safety with their elderly mom or dad.

Benefits of In-Home Care from a Senior Care Provider

When family caregivers cannot provide the level of care their aging mom or dad needs, they should take a serious look at hiring a senior care provider. A professionally trained assistant is ideal for aging adults who have mild to moderate health issues and need someone to help them for part of the day. Senior care providers can even help aging adults with more serious health issues, too.

Here are just a few reasons why in-home care with a senior care provider is a good idea:

  • In-home care is often less expensive than other options
  • Seniors are healthier and heal faster when in their own home
  • Mental health is better for seniors when they are aging in place
  • Aging adults stay connected with their neighborhood and community when living at home
  • There is less exposure to germs at home than in other locations
  • Seniors can get more personalized care from dedicated senior care providers
  • The aging adult is always attended if they need help or if there is an emergency

The benefits that a senior care provider brings to the life of an elderly adult can’t be measured. In addition, the peace of mind that family members gain is also priceless. Senior care can be the ideal solution for an isolated aging adult.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Senior Care Services in Oakmont 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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