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7 Out of 10 Seniors Need Caregivers – How Do You Know if Your Dad is One of Them?

Home Care Association of America and Global Coalition on Aging teamed up for a look at seniors and home care needs. In the report, they revealed 7 out of 10 seniors will need assistance by the time they’re 65. For 40 percent of America’s seniors, that assistance will need to occur each day.

Your dad could be one of the 70 percent that needs help. How can you tell when caregivers are needed?

Caregiver in Sebastopol CA: How to Know if Your Dad Needs a Caregiver

Caregiver in Sebastopol CA: How to Know if Your Dad Needs a Caregiver

Know the Activities of Daily Living. (ADLs)

Take time to learn the ADLs and IADLs. These are important when deciding if your dad is able to live independently without help. Usually, not managing one or two of them is okay, but if he cannot do several, he needs home care or help from family caregivers.

ADLs are basic tasks a person should be able to do in order to be safe and comfortable within the home. It includes being able to walk up and down stairs, from one room to the next, and get in and out of a shower, bed, or chair without assistance. A person should be able to brush and floss their teeth, wash their body and hair, brush their hair, shave, and cut nails.

There are three other ADLs. A person should be able to eat a meal using cutlery and chew and swallow properly. If prescription medications are needed for a health issue, the senior should know when, how, and how much to take. Finally, the person should be able to use the toilet and clean up after.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) Don’t Always Involve Direct Personal Care.

IADLs are different. They are specific tasks one should be able to do for themselves, but they don’t have to be personal care tasks. IADLs include looking at the cupboards, disposing of spoiled or outdated items, and creating a grocery list. Once the list is complete, the senior shops for groceries, puts them away properly, and cooks a meal.

Laundry, dusting, changing sheets and towels, and tidying up are all essential tasks when it comes to cleaning a home. Those are also IADLs that a person should be able to do to avoid falling and living in unsanitary conditions.

Transportation is another IADL seniors should be able to complete. If they can’t drive a car, they should be able to arrange a taxi, bus, or ride from a senior care agency.

When daily activities become a challenge, it’s important that your dad doesn’t put his health and safety at risk. Caregivers can help him complete ADLs and IADLs. He stays in his home, but he’s not struggling.

Caregivers come when your dad needs them. You can schedule caregivers to come once a week, twice a week, or every day if needed. A home care agency can help you decide what care is best and how often it’s needed.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Sebastopol, 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.