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Three Key Signs of Stress as a Caregiver

Caregiver stress can hit people at almost any time. You may assume this is going to be an easy job because this is a family member who requires assistance. You never thought twice about supporting them.

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Caregiver in Healdsburg CA: Three Key Signs of Stress as a Caregiver

Just because you have a personal relationship with the person who requires assistance doesn’t make the job any easier. Many people begin work as a family caregiver because they don’t see this as a job. They might see it as their responsibility. They assume this individual is only going to require minimal assistance on a daily basis. Maybe they’re only going to need help once or twice a week.

Unfortunately, the more support people received, the more often they begin calling on that support time and time again. Before long you may be stopping by this family member’s house daily to help them. That’s going to increase stress in your life.

If you’re not quite sure that the stress you feel is the result of being a caregiver, here are three signs that you may actually be experiencing caregiver stress.

Caregiver Stress Sign #1: You’re losing patience.

Normally, you are an even-tempered person. It takes a lot to get you frazzled and frustrated. However, lately you’re losing your cool more often than you’d like. This can happen a lot, especially when people are under a great deal of stress.

Stress in a marriage is one of the top reasons why they fail. When a couple is under a tremendous amount of stress, usually financial pressure, they often have a tendency to lose their temper with one another very easily. That can cause them to say awful things to one another.

Is this happening to you? If you are losing your patience too often now, think about it as a caregiver stress.

Caregiver Stress Sign #2: You’re not sleeping.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping at night, you might be worried about this elderly family member. You may be thinking about all the things you didn’t get done during the day because you simply ran out of time. Trouble sleeping is often a good sign of stress and anxiety.

Caregiver Stress Sign #3: You’re constantly worried about this loved one.

When you are always worried about someone, you won’t be able to turn your thoughts off. That’s going to make it much more difficult for you to remain stress-free.

If you don’t feel there are any other options because this individual certainly needs assistance, think about home care support. Just a couple of hours a day a couple of days a week can change everything and help you reduce stress in your life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955

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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