Anyone who cares for others over a long period of time can be at risk of developing compassion fatigue. This happens when you’ve been pouring so much energy and effort into caregiving that you wear yourself completely out.
You’re Noticing that You’re Exhausted All the Time
Exhaustion can be common for a caregiver, but you might start to notice that you’re always exhausted. No matter how much sleep you get, you might still feel worn down. This is a big sign that you need to pay attention to and it might be one of the first signs you notice. Taking a step back and breaking through your exhaustion can help you to avoid some of the bigger issues associated with compassion fatigue.
You’re Not Feeling Empathy Lately
Caregivers are typically very empathetic. As caregiving becomes more difficult and traumatic for you, your mind may try to protect you a little bit from how you’re feeling. One way that it does this is by reducing your empathetic response to others, especially the senior you’re taking care of every day.
You Dread Caregiving
You might also find that you wake up dreading your caregiving duties. Your daily routine may feel less like a routine and more like something you can’t escape. This feeling can be worse if you’re isolated, because you might start to feel trapped in a situation that you are convinced that you can’t change or control.
You’re Experiencing Physical Symptoms
Physical symptoms may also start to manifest. You might have headaches, insomnia, or chronic health issues might start to act up. These physical symptoms are usually a warning to you that you need to be paying more attention to your health.
You’re Having a Hard Time Making Decisions
Brain fog and trouble thinking or making decisions can also be a problem you experience with compassion fatigue. Your body and your brain are worn out and this takes a big toll. If you’re still trying to do all of the things that you’ve been doing, though, it’s going to become more and more difficult.
Compassion fatigue doesn’t have to keep you from being a caregiver. Once you recognize the symptoms, it’s time to do something about them. Start by talking with your doctor about finding solutions for the symptoms you’ve got and look into finding a backup who can take over more often for you. Home care services providers can be there for your senior while you take care of you.
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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.