Most people want to find ways to be more productive and to get more done every day. If that describes you and how you’re feeling about being a family caregiver, you might want to consider some of these ideas.
Look at Your Current Schedule.
Get really honest with yourself about your current schedule. When are you spending time solely on caregiver duties and when are you doing other things? You might want to do a time tracking exercise for a week or so to get a solid idea of where you’re spending the majority of your time. This can help you to pinpoint where you’re losing time and whether you have any time to spare.
Look at Your Current Responsibilities.
After you look at your time, you need to examine your responsibilities. This means your obligations in every aspect of your life, such as your job, your duties as a caregiver, and any other responsibilities that you handle personally. You may simply be trying to do too much, especially if you have a family of your own and you’re caring for an aging family member.
Figure out what You Have to Do Yourself.
Once you know what all of your responsibilities are, you can start to look at what you have to do yourself. These are the things that no one else can handle for you. Some of those might be your own self-care, such as eating and managing your own health conditions. You might also include your career in this category.
Delegate to Others Whenever You Can.
Anything that you don’t have to personally handle is something that you can delegate to someone else. Many family caregivers find it difficult to delegate because they feel that they should be doing it all themselves. Start making a list of what other people can do and start matching up tasks with the people or services that might be able to handle those tasks for you.
Remember that it’s not always about doing more. Sometimes what you really need to do is to find more efficient ways to get everything done.
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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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