If you haven’t written out a self-care plan yet, you might be avoiding it. There are some really good reasons you might be avoiding this task, too. You’ll need to work your way around those issues in order to take care of yourself while you’re a caregiver.
You’re Worried it’s Selfish.
Thinking about yourself is not selfish, but it’s very common for a caregiver to believe that it is. Your very identity as a caregiver is all about taking care of someone or several other people. Focusing on yourself at all can feel like the ultimate in selfishness. But remember that if you aren’t taking care of you, who is going to be doing that for you?
You’re Afraid You’ll Stop Being a Caregiver.
You might also worry that formulating a self-care plan will bring you to a point in which you decide that being a caregiver just isn’t for you. That might be the case to a certain extent, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t still be part of your senior’s life. If you’re concerned that you’ll stop being a caregiver, then there may be other issues that you need to explore.
You’re Scared to Ask for Help.
For some people, asking for help is really difficult to do. Perhaps you’re worried that people will feel as if you don’t know what you’re doing or that you can’t be a caregiver. You might also worry that no one will help you and then you’ve put yourself on the line for no good reason. There is help out there for you, but you have to be willing to ask for it when you need it.
You’re Too Used to Doing Too Much.
You might also be way too used to doing everything all the time. That keeps you on a treadmill of sorts and you get stuck there. But you can’t keep doing too much for too long. Eventually you’ll burn out and that’s not the way to step away from caregiving. As you get used to handing over the reins a little more, you can start to realize what it’s like to have some down time again.
Self-care plans are crucial, if only to let you know when you’re straying from taking care of yourself. Those reminders can help you to get back on track and to focus on taking care of yourself as well as your elderly family member. If you haven’t written down your own care plan, take the time to do so.
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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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