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Getting Organized: Utilizing Elderly Care to Organize Your Senior’s Life

There are many reasons to consider elderly care as a part of your parent’s care routine, but one you might not immediately think about is organization. Being organized is one of the best ways you can maximize your care efforts and improve quality of life for your senior. Organization simplifies tasks, saves time, and reduces stress, and as a family caregiver this can mean all the difference. But it is important to remember that organization and scheduling is important for your senior as well, and this might not always coordinate with your own schedule. Having an elderly care provider as a part of your senior’s routine enables you to give your parent more control over their life and create an organization and schedule that works for them, and for you.

Elderly Care in Santa Rosa CA: Getting Organized

Elderly Care in Santa Rosa CA: Getting Organized

Some ways you can utilize elderly care to organize your senior’s life include:

  • Transportation allows your parent to engage in more activities and participate in the world around them according to their own needs and desires. This means they are able to better structure their social life, errands, and even doctor’s appointments according to their own priorities and scheduling needs without having to rely on you and your schedule.
  • Help with tasks around the home helps your parent to keep their home environment clean, healthy, and accessible. This can mean helping them to do tasks such as laundry and dishes, helping them with tidying and keeping the home neat, and organizing their daily activities to make the most of their day.
  • Offering medication reminders and support in the choices they make to help them manage their health needs according to the instructions from their doctor. These reminders help your parent stay compliant, which is a valuable part of getting the benefits of their prescriptions, treatments, and care.

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be one of the most meaningful and beneficial roles you take on in your life. It can also be challenging, stressful, and overwhelming. Relying on elderly care as an aspect of this care approach can relieve your stress and enable you to focus your time, energy, and efforts in the most efficient and effective ways. By taking on specific care tasks and delegating others to the care provider, you can feel confident in the quality of each care task, and your ability to manage the other aspects of your life properly.

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

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