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Can Clothing Protect You from Skin Cancer?

Senior Care in Windsor CA: Can Clothing Protect You from Skin Cancer?

Senior Care in Windsor CA: Can Clothing Protect You from Skin Cancer?

The warm summer temperatures mean more time spent out in the sun, so it’s only fitting that attention be called to the dangers of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. According to the most recent information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, melanoma skin cancers were responsible for more than 71,000 deaths in 2013. Since exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun is one of the greatest risk factors for skin cancer, it’s important that your parent’s skin be protected when they are outside. Sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect skin, but your parent can boost their sun protection by wearing the right clothing while outside.

Clothing Choices Count.

Covering the skin with clothing can help to protect it from the sun, but some clothing choices are better than others. When you can see light through the fabric of the clothing, the sun’s rays can also get through. Darker colored clothing is generally a better choice for sun protection. Also, choose long-sleeved shirts and long skirts or pants. The fabric should be tightly woven to block out more of the sun’s rays.

Hats and sunglasses are also an important part of your parent’s protection from the sun. Hats should be wide-brimmed so that it’s harder for the sun’s rays to hit your parent’s face. The American Cancer Society recommends that the brim of the hat be two to three inches wide. Caps that have a flap of fabric in the back to protect the neck, called shade caps, are also a good choice. In terms of sunglasses, look for glasses that are specifically labeled to block out UV rays. The best choice are sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays.

UPF Clothing.

Some companies are now making UPF clothing. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor. UPF clothing is rated on a scale from 15 to 50+, with higher numbers meaning better protection from the sun. UPF clothing is even effective when it is wet.

There are also detergents and other additives for the washing machine that can turn your parent’s everyday clothing into clothes with UV protection. When used properly, they can transform an ordinary shirt into one with an SPF of 30.

Senior Care Providers Can Help Protect Your Parent.

If your parent loves to spend time outdoors in the summer, their senior care provider can help them to make good clothing choices. A senior care provider can remind your parent to put on sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat before participating in outdoor activities.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Windsor, 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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