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Benefits of Senior Care: Personal Appearance Assistance

The way you look can make a tremendous impact on how you feel and how you approach your day. This doesn’t change with age, but it is an unfortunate reality that many elderly adults struggle with no longer being able to take care of their appearance the way they used to. This can leave them experiencing diminished self-esteem and self-confidence, reducing their desire to engage in social activities, and suppress their motivation to live an active and fulfilling life. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to help your aging loved one live their best life in as many ways as possible. This includes helping them to look and feel their best. While it may be impossible for you to be with your parent every day to help them get dressed and groom themselves, this is one of the ways that senior care can be invaluable. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent to offer personalized support and assistance designed to help them approach life confidently and live it to its fullest.

Caregiver in Santa Rosa CA: Personal Care

Caregiver in Santa Rosa CA: Personal Care

Some ways a senior care provider can help your parent look and feel their best include:

  • Assisting your parent with bathing on a regular basis. Even if they do not need to take a full bath, this care provider can also help with tasks such as washing their hair.
  • Help with grooming such as brushing their hair or helping them shave. This can be valuable for an elderly adult who is dealing with challenges to their mobility or range of motion, such as arthritis in their hands that keeps them from being able to effectively grip a razor or brush.
  • Help with application of makeup or with modifying the task of applying makeup to help your parent handle it better, such as loading makeup onto a brush so your senior can then put it on.
  • Help with maintaining their appearance such as making sure your parent is able to change their clothing if there is a spill or other accident.

 

Even as a family caregiver, you shouldn’t feel as though you have to take on everything for your parent. Managing all of the needs of an elderly adult as well as taking care of children, managing a career, maintaining a home and a marriage, and simply taking care of yourself can be too much for one person. Having home care as a resource in your care routine means knowing your senior always has the care they need while you can still focus on the other aspects of your life. This relieves stress and eases anxieties so you can focus your energy, attention, and resources on all elements of your life in the most effective and efficient ways.

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