If you have rosacea, you know it. Your face flushes easily. Just a few minutes in the sun, and you look like you’ve been in the sun for hours. Your skin forms pimples no matter what products you use. The bright red patches appear on your cheeks, chin, and forehead especially.
Rosacea is a common skin condition. Its primary targets are men and women in the 30 to 50 range. There’s no known cause and no cure. One of the biggest problems is that stress triggers flare-ups. Your elderly parent needs your help now more than ever. You’re balancing work, your parent’s care, and your own home life. Your stress is increasing, and it’s apparent in your red, itchy face.
September is National Skin Care Awareness Month.
If you suspect you have rosacea, you should see a dermatologist for guidance. If stress is a trigger, which is likely, here are some tips on getting through a flare-up.
Why Experts Feel Stress Affects Your Skin.
According to the National Rosacea Society, stress releases hormones that change how the brain and body respond. A study found that under emotional stress, blood flow increases and leads to flushing that people with rosacea experience.
What Can You Do?
It’s often hard to relax. If you find yourself really stressed while caring for your parent, stopping and taking a few deep breaths offers some temporary relief. Soothing practices like yoga and tai chi ease tension and are exercise forms your parent can do with you.
Proper skin care is essential. A mild facial cleanser is ideal. Follow that with a redness relief moisturizer with sunscreen. If you need to use cosmetics to hide the redness, stick to mineral formulations.
Don’t Feel That You Have to Do It All.
Most people feel that they owe their parent. Your dad can’t cook his meals without a struggle, so he eats processed foods that are high in fat and sodium. Your mom’s upper body strength isn’t the same as it was and she’s struggling to carry the laundry hamper down the stairs. You stop by after work to make sure meals are cooked. You carry the hamper downstairs. You race home and repeat those tasks.
Stop thinking you have to be the one to help. It’s stressful and impacts the time you spend with your mom and dad. Hire caregivers to provide support to your aging parent. A caregiver can prepare meals, help with household chores, and provide companionship.
With an elder care professional helping your parents, your visits become meaningful. You eliminate some stress and find your skin reacts positively. Call an elder care agency today to set up interviews.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care. Call today! (707) 573-1003
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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