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Spotting When Your Senior Needs Help Is More Difficult than You Think

For many caregivers, it’s difficult to spot that one moment when it’s time to bring in senior care providers and start offering more hands-on assistance. You might think it will be obvious, but then you end up questioning yourself the whole time. Some of these ideas can help you spot potential clues.

Senior Care in Oakmont CA: Spotting When Your Senior Needs Help

Senior Care in Oakmont CA: Spotting When Your Senior Needs Help

Check in Via Phone.

If you and your senior don’t live together, the easiest way to check in with her is likely via phone. That’s an excellent first step, but you do need to be aware that your elderly family member might be able to “fake it” on the phone with you for a time. It’s easy to be happy and upbeat for a shorter period of time. It’s also possible that she’s genuinely happy to hear from you and that’s what you’re hearing.

Make Some In-person Visits.

Stopping in and looking at the situation with your own two eyes is always a good step, too. Get clear with yourself and whoever will be there with you about what you think might be trouble spots for your senior. For instance, you might want to see if the car has damage or if the house seems to be as clean as it usually is. If you think your senior might try to cover up some issues, you might want to just drop in instead of announcing your visit.

Talk to People Who See Her Regularly.

Other people who see her often can help you quite a bit. Neighbors, friends, and even other relatives may see and hear situations that you don’t. Talk to them about what they’ve experienced and observed while around your elderly family member. They may have seen some indications that your senior could use some assistance.

Listen to What She’s Telling You.

Sometimes your elderly family member is giving you clues that you’re just not noticing. She might slip in a seemingly innocuous comment about driving in certain types of weather, but she’s really trying to let you know something bigger. It’s important to pay close attention to the messages behind what your senior is actually saying so that you can get to the right answer for her.

You don’t have to be a mind reader to spot when your senior needs more help than she has right now. But you might have to start looking a little more closely at some situations and use resources you might not have thought about to get her the extra help she needs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Oakmont, 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.