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Helping a Parent with Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that occurs as the lens becomes less flexible with age and the protein found in the lens clumps together. It is extremely common, affecting more than half of the American population by the age of 80. Risk factors include damage to the eyes caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun, smoking, diabetes and ingesting corticosteroids.

Treatment

Senior Care in Sonoma CA: Cataracts

Senior Care in Sonoma CA: Cataracts

One of the first signs of a cataract is blurry vision. For some, the progression of this eye disease is very slow and little change in the vision is noted. For others, change is fairly rapid and diminishing eyesight is profound. Once the loss of vision affects your loved one’s quality of life, surgery is often recommended. The good news is that surgical techniques have come a long way in the last thirty years. Today’s rate of success is high. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery every year, and the success rate is 98 percent or higher. There will be some decisions to make regarding the surgery and type of lens replacement, so it is best for you to attend the initial appointment with your parent. As with all surgeries, complications may result, so be sure to discuss this with your parent’s ophthalmologist before proceeding.

Following Surgery

If your loved one opts for surgery, they will need some assistance upon their return home. Healing can take up to eight weeks. During this time, it is not uncommon for someone following surgery to experience blurred vision, a feeling of grittiness in the eye, an itchy eye or a headache. You will want to make their home as safe as possible by eliminating any tripping or slipping hazards such as throw rugs, wires or furniture intruding into common pathways. Also, remove any clutter and ensure their home is well lit.

Consider obtaining the services of a senior care provider during this time. They can assist with the everyday tasks of living, including bathing, dressing, meal preparation and light housekeeping. They can help your parent safely navigate through their home and remind them when it’s time to use the medicated eye drops.  A senior care provider can run errands, including shopping for groceries, as well as provide transportation to appointments. Their companionship and care can help keep your parent’s spirits up as they navigate through the weeks of healing.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sonoma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

 

Resources

https://nihseniorhealth.gov/cataract/whatisacataract/01.html

www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-complications.htm

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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