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Four Tips for Safer and Easier Bathing for Your Senior

Bathing sounds like something you just dive into for your senior, but there is a lot to think about behind the scenes in order to make sure that she’s as safe as she can possibly be. Likewise, you need to be able to access what you need easily with a minimum of fuss.

Home Care Services Sebastopol CA - Four Tips for Safer and Easier Bathing for Your Senior

Home Care Services Sebastopol CA – Four Tips for Safer and Easier Bathing for Your Senior

Get Rid of Excess Clutter in the Bathroom

Clutter in the bathroom is a big problem. It can make the bathroom look fantastic, but if whatever is in the bathroom doesn’t serve a practical purpose, it likely needs to be removed. Talk to your senior about whether certain toiletries can be stored elsewhere, like in her bedroom, or if she only uses them in the bathroom. You might find that just removing excess items makes the bathroom feel a lot roomier than it was.

Consider Adding Handrails Throughout the Bathroom

Handrails are a key safety item for the bathroom. You never know when your senior or you will lose your balance and need a sturdy spot to grab for a moment. Some spots for handrails include inside the tub or shower as well as around the toilet and anywhere that there is a significant amount of open wall space.

Transfer Seats and Tub Lifts Make Bathing Safer and Easier

Getting into and out of the tub is probably the moment which is likely to be the most dangerous for your senior. Luckily there are plenty of tools to make that task both easier and safer for your senior. Transfer seats fit onto the edge of the tub and allow your senior to sit down and slide over into the tub. Tub lifts work in a similar way, but they are automated and can lower your senior into the tub, too.

Take a Close Look at Towel and Supply Storage

Bathing requires a few more supplies than you likely think about consciously. Towels, soap, shampoo, and more all need to be stored in a way that is easy to access. It’s also a good idea to ensure that you’ve got what you and your senior need well before you actually start the shower. That helps to reduce the likelihood that you need to leave your senior perched precariously while you grab a towel from another room.

It might be time for home care services providers to take over bathing your senior. This is especially the case if you’re experiencing your own health issues or injuries that keep you from being as fast or as strong as you have been. Home care services providers can ensure that your elderly family member has a safe, enjoyable bath regularly.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Sebastopol 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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