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Four Concrete Tips to Keep Your Senior from Becoming Isolated

Isolation is a big problem for aging adults. It can lead to depression and to health problems, but your elderly family member might still be reluctant to mention to you that she’s feeling lonely. Setting your senior up for social success is important and might be easier than you think.

Elderly Care in Cotati CA: Preventing Isolation

Elderly Care in Cotati CA: Preventing Isolation

Make it Easy for Her to Go Places.

If your senior doesn’t drive anymore, her interactions with other people may have changed a lot more than you realize. It’s important to help her to go where she needs and wants to go as easily as possible. Hiring elderly care providers to do the driving for your senior can give her the chance she needs to be more social without feeling as if she’s putting anyone out.

Encourage Her to Follow Her Interests.

Sometimes your elderly family member’s interests can be the key to helping her to be more social. If she enjoys reading, then joining a book club at her local library or bookstore can be fun for her. She might also find a class locally that helps her to learn more about the hobbies she already enjoys. Encourage her to branch out and try new things.

Talk to Neighbors.

Another idea is to talk to your senior’s neighbors about whether they’d be willing to keep an eye on your elderly family member when you’re not around. They have a unique opportunity to notice what might be going on with your senior and to stop in and visit once in a while, if they’re so inclined. Building relationships with her neighbors can also help your elderly family member to feel more connected to the community around her.

Encourage Family Members to Visit.

If your senior has other family members who live within visiting distance, encourage them to visit. They may not know when it’s a good time to do so, which is why it can help to figure out a way for family members to sort out a schedule. A group calendar can work well, especially if you block out specific periods of time when your senior is busy or otherwise occupied.

Some people don’t need much interaction with other people in order to feel emotionally healthy. Your elderly family member might not tell you that she’s feeling isolated, though. It’s important to talk with her about her social needs and whether she needs or wants to have more interaction with other people so you know what to do for her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Cotati, 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.