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Do You Have a Caregiver Notebook?

As a caregiver, you probably have paperwork and notes all over the place. You’re most likely dealing with a stack of sticky notes somewhere right now. Those notes get disorganized, lost, and completely forgotten. Establishing a notebook for yourself can solve those problems quickly.

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: Keeping a Caregiver Notebook

Caregiver in Petaluma CA: Keeping a Caregiver Notebook

Why Do You Need Notes?

Think about how much you do and how much you keep track of on a daily basis. It’s likely a lot more than you realize. When you take notes about what happened and what needs to happen next, you don’t have to worry about remembering any of that. It’s written down, right there in your notebook. Whenever you need the information, you can refer back to it.

What Should You Keep in Your Notebook?

There’s really no right or wrong bit of information for you to keep in your notebook. Whatever you need to keep track of can go in there. Your senior’s schedule, her medical information, and anything that needs to get done on a certain day could all make it into your notebook. Think about the information that you need on a daily basis and that’s the stuff that you should put in your notebook.

Make it Yours.

While this is a notebook for you as a caregiver, it’s ultimately your notebook. That means you can make it yours however you need or want to. You might like a pocket notebook, a simple spiral, or a fancy leather 3-ring binder. Whatever helps you to stay organized and on target is okay.

Carry it with You.

The biggest thing you need to remember is to carry your notebook with you. The reason for this is really simple. If you don’t have it with you, you’re not going to update it when you really need to. You’ll think that you will and you might even tell yourself that you’ll remember and write down what you need to write down, but that rarely happens. This is another reason that making the notebook something that you love can pay off. You’ll want to have it with you more often.

Once you’ve used your caregiver notebook for a little while, you’ll start to spot ways in which it can work harder for you. You might find that you like one notebook for keeping track of bigger items at home and another that you carry with you everywhere. Whatever works for you and your situation is the best solution.

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

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