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Are There Rules for Being a Caregiver?

Many caregivers, especially in the beginning, worry that there is a set of rules they’re not following properly. If that’s you, read on.

Caregiver in Santa Rosa CA: Are There Rules for Being a Caregiver?

Caregiver in Santa Rosa CA: Are There Rules for Being a Caregiver?

Every Situation Is Different.

Your caregiving journey is likely to look very different from your friend’s experience with caregiving. Even if your aging adult has the same basic health conditions as your friend’s senior does, there are still going to be major differences. This is why there’s no one way to go about being a family caregiver. That doesn’t mean that talking to other caregivers isn’t a good idea, though. In fact, caregiver support groups can help you to feel as if you’re not alone and that you can learn from other caregivers.

You’ll Take This Journey at Your Own Speed.

You might feel as if you’re not doing things as quickly as you should be and that’s normal. The thing is, there’s no one right speed for your caregiving experience. In the beginning, you might be taking things slowly because you’re still learning so much about being a caregiver and about managing specific situations for your aging adult.

Caregiving Is Constantly Changing.

Every day there are new challenges for you and for your elderly family member. These changes mean that you’re constantly going to need to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary to accommodate those changes. Sometimes this might be frustrating, but it’s the nature of the journey when you’re a caregiver.

Make Sure You’re Caring for You, First.

If you’re ignoring yourself, then your caregiving journey is going to feel that much more difficult. You have to be in solid emotional and physical health in order to shoulder the burdens you want to bear for your elderly family member. Sit down and pay attention to what your self-care plan looks like. If you don’t already have one, it’s definitely time for you to make one.

Be Gentle with Yourself as You Gain Experience.

You’re not going to learn everything that you want to learn right out of the gate. Remember to be gentle with yourself so that you’re not your own worst enemy while you’re learning. Eventually you’ll have the experience to handle every situation in just the right way, but you can’t expect yourself to get to that point overnight.

Your caregiving journey isn’t going to look like anyone else’s caregiving journey and that’s okay. In fact, even if you’ve been a caregiver before, you may be surprised to find that caring for another person can feel as if you’re a beginning caregiver all over again.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services 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.