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Tips for Helping Your Senior Deal with the Emotional Impact of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin disorder. Simply because it impacts over 7 million people throughout the United States, and is considered the most common autoimmune disorder in the country, it does not mean this condition does not have a serious effect over those suffering with it. The red, patchy scales created by skin cells rising to the surface of the skin quickly can be a very itchy, tight, uncomfortable, and even painful. As a family caregiver, however, you should know that the impact of psoriasis goes beyond the physical discomfort. Approximately 60% of those living with psoriasis report that the condition impacts their daily life, including their emotional well-being. Helping your senior to cope with the emotional impact of psoriasis should be an important element of your care approach. This emotional impact can be very difficult, and as stress is one of the most common triggers of psoriasis, can actually lead to worsened symptoms.

Home Care in Sonoma CA: The Emotional Impact of Psoriasis

Home Care in Sonoma CA: The Emotional Impact of Psoriasis

Use these tips to help your senior deal with the emotional impact of psoriasis:

  • Many people living with psoriasis feel helpless because of the prevalence and frequency of their symptoms. Help your parent to feel more in control of their condition by working with them to identify their personal triggers. Remember that each person’s experience with the disease is different, meaning what triggers one person may not trigger another. It is important to evaluate your senior’s symptoms, and use that to identify the environmental and lifestyle influences that can cause and worsen their symptoms so your parent is better able to avoid them.
  • Reassure your parent that you love and respect them regardless of the symptoms they are experiencing. Many people with psoriasis are embarrassed about their scaly skin, and may feel as though you no longer love them or want to care for them. Reassuring them that you don’t care what their skin looks like, even during a flare, can make them feel better about themselves.
  • Sit down with your parent and their doctor to discuss their psoriasis, and what they should and should not do in their daily life. Many people with psoriasis have misconceptions about the types of things they shouldn’t do, particularly when experiencing a flare. Finding out they can be more active and engaged than they thought can help your parent to feel less negatively impacted by their condition.
  • If the appearance of their skin causes serious discomfort for your parent, help them to find ways to cover the affected areas while still feeling comfortable and attractive in their clothing.

 

As a family caregiver, you likely focus a tremendous amount of energy and attention on helping your parent to stay physically safe and healthy. While this is extremely important, you should not overlook the value of their mental and emotional health as well. Preserving mental and emotional health, supporting a good outlook, and encouraging fulfillment in their quality of life are all vital for helping your parent stay motivated to take care of themselves, and to stay active in their daily life. Starting home care for your aging parent can be a valuable way to help them boost and maintain better mental and emotional health and well-being throughout their later years. An in-home senior care services provider can achieve this through a variety of customized services, including providing transportation so they can take care of more of their own errands, participate in activities and outings, and maintain more social engagement, helping them to find topics that interest them so they can learn more about them, and even just providing companionship and emotional support so they feel validated and less alone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Sonoma, 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.