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Four Tips for Helping Stave off Elderly Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the biggest problems that the aging face and it’s something that you can help to correct for your senior. Even if she only needs a little more socializing than she currently gets, that can be enough to help her avoid being lonely.

Elderly Care in Rohnert Park CA: Senior Loneliness

Elderly Care in Rohnert Park CA: Senior Loneliness

 

 

Reconsider Your Senior’s Living Situation

Depending on what is going on with your senior’s health and what she needs in general, her current living situation might not meet her needs as effectively as it did in the past. It might be time to evaluate whether it’s time for her to move in with you or if there are other changes that can be made to her living situation. Talk to your senior about what she wants and how she wants to proceed.

 

Encourage Her to Join Support Groups

Support groups can be a highly effective way for your aging adult to meet other people who are in similar situations to her own. These might be health-specific support groups or general support groups focusing on the needs of aging seniors. Regardless of the purpose, these groups can allow your senior to meet new people and to find ways to deal with issues she’s facing.

 

Bring Technology into the Mix

Technology can do quite a lot for your senior. It can help her to connect with friends and family who live far away, especially if she’s willing to use video technology. This can help her to feel far less alone than she might have otherwise felt. Technology is also a helpful way for her to meet people far away that she didn’t already know, too. Some of these friendships and connections can help to teach her about a variety of different topics she’s always wanted to learn more about.

 

Find Solutions for Transportation Problems

If your elderly family member isn’t socializing more because getting out and about is difficult, elder care providers can help. They can take over the task of driving and assist with any mobility issues, too. This can free your elderly family member up in ways that she didn’t even realize had become a problem for her.

Talk to your senior about how much time she wants to spend with other people ideally. Hitting that balance for her can be a key component of getting her what she needs when she needs it. You may not be able to get there every day, but with a little practice, you can get her closer to her socialization goals.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Rohnert Park, 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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