Taking care of yourself might feel like a foreign concept when you’re a family caregiver, but it’s something you need to come to grips with as quickly as you can. Your own health depends on it.
Sleep Habits Often Aren’t Great.
When you’re taking care of yourself properly, you’re getting quality sleep that leaves you feeling rested and refreshed. If you’re not feeling that way, chances are good that you’re making decisions that adversely affect your own sleep habits. Going to bed too late, staying awake after you’re already exhausted, and getting up too early are all bad sleep habits that make the situation worse.
Eating Habits Are Equally Sketchy.
If you don’t have time to sleep well, you likely aren’t taking the time to eat well, either. You might be choosing foods with empty calories that leave you feeling icky afterward or you might be making worse choices. Not eating at all leaves your body without fuel and puts you into starvation mode. If you’re eating one large meal at the end of the day when you can no longer stand it, then you’re probably eating far too much and not the right foods.
When Did You See Your Doctor?
You’re probably in doctor’s offices all the time as a family caregiver. But are any of those doctors yours? Family caregivers aren’t so good at seeing their own doctors. There’s very little time, there’s no energy, and it often feels like you have to keep going no matter what anyway. But this is a way to get yourself to a point where you’re going to find it incredibly difficult to recover.
What Can You Do?
The first thing that you need to do is to take a break from caregiving. Even if you’re just taking an hour or two to evaluate your self-care plan, that’s definitely progress. Hire elder care providers for those times and allow yourself to relax. From there, you can start taking concrete steps in order to revamp your eating and sleeping habits as quickly as possible. You can also start looking at what else you need to be healthy and happy.
Ignoring your own health and well-being is not the best way to be successful as a caregiver. You can’t help your elderly family member if you’re not in any position to be able to do so. Take the time to evaluate your own self-care and develop a plan to improve what you’re doing for you.
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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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