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Soothing Room Designs That Help Ease Anxiety and Depression in the Elderly

Anxiety and depression can happen to anyone, but they’re common in the elderly.
For older men and women diagnosed with chronic conditions, anxiety and depression are a concern. They’re also concerns after the death of a close friend or family member or a move to a new community. If you worry about anxiety and depression affecting your parents, there are ways to design rooms to create a calm, relaxing environment.

Home Care Services in Windsor CA: Anxiety and Depression Tips

Home Care Services in Windsor CA: Anxiety and Depression Tips

 

Eliminate Clutter

Clutter can be distracting. If your parent’s rooms are cluttered, find storage solutions that help create a place for everything. If your mom has a lot of knitting supplies laying around the living room, look into cube storage or an ottoman with storage where it can be placed when it’s not in use.

 

Focus on Soothing, Stress-Reducing Colors

Some colors inspire strong emotions. Bright red or orange aren’t known as soothing colors in room designs. Aim for colors your parents like that are also calming. A light sage green, a creamy yellow, a pale blue or gray, and lavender are all known to be good choices.

 

Bring in Houseplants

Plants help filter pollutants from the air. The greenery also helps create a natural look that can be relaxing. Some of the easier plants to grow are spider plants, cast-iron plants, and Boston ferns. Those three are not harmful to pets if eaten.

 

Add Plenty of Textures

This tip is especially true for someone with Alzheimer’s. Add textures that a senior will want to touch, stroke, or sink into. A sherpa throw has you wanting to sink your fingers into it. Throw pillows with the sequins that change color when they’re flipped over can be relaxing as you run your fingers over them.

 

Don’t Overlook Decorative Touches That Soothe the Senses

For decorative additions, consider a zen garden with the sand rake, a small water feature like a Betta fish tank or indoor table fountain work well. A gas fireplace may not be in the budget, but an electric fireplace can double as a TV stand and can be very relaxing on a cold day.

Having a companion around each day can help ease anxiety and depression. Talk to an elderly care agency as soon as you can. Caregivers can come daily to help your parent with the more difficult parts of aging at home. Caregivers can cook meals, schedule appointments, and remind your parents to take medications. All it takes is a phone call.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Windsor, 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.