Being a family caregiver is stressful. It’s also something that millions of adult children do for their parents. They take them to appointments. They drive them to the store. They help pay bills and cook meals.
To provide the very best care as a family caregiver, there are things you should avoid and some you should make sure you do constantly. Here they are.
Don’t Argue in Front of Your Parents.
Imagine being at your mom’s house to spend the day with her. You don’t get along with your brother. He’s always looking to pick a fight, so you avoid him. It’s not his day to be with your mom, but he shows up anyway. As usual, he starts a fight and you notice your mom’s starting to get stressed. You do the only thing you can think of and leave.
There are families where siblings simply don’t get along. When this is the case, it’s important to keep all arguments out of hearing range and sight. If an argument is going to stress your aging parent, do whatever you have do to end the argument. If it means walking out, do so only if your mom or dad has another caregiver around. If that’s not possible, bring your parent with you.
Keep the Freezer Stocked With Healthy Meals.
Many seniors spend as little time as possible cooking meals. They go for easy-to-prepare foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, and boxed pasta dishes. Make sure your mom and dad have healthy meals that don’t require much effort to prepare.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by putting together meals that go from the freezer to the Crockpot or oven. A tray of vegetable lasagna is one way to get your parent to eat healthy without requiring a lot of time in the kitchen. Ziploc freezer bags filled with all the makings for stew is another idea. You can chop the vegetables and meats, place them into the bag with the spices, and write the Crockpot instructions right on the bag.
Take Time Out to Destress.
While your responsibilities with senior care can be exhausting, you can’t let your physical and emotional strain impact the care you offer. Take a day each week to do something fun. Go out with friends, stay in bed all day, or go shopping. Make sure you leave your parent in the hands of another caregiver and unwind. When you return to your parent’s home, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to provide quality care.
Hire a Caregiver.
Caregivers provide a range of senior care services that start with companionship. Your mom or dad gain a friend, and you gain peace of mind that they’re in great hands.
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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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