Caregiver stress can be a challenging element of caring for your aging parent. Studies have shown that being a family caregiver puts you at increased risk of not only experiencing stress, but of suffering the potentially serious consequences that can result from the stress. These consequences can include increased susceptibility to illness and infection, fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, depression, irritability, and more. Taking steps to ease this stress is an essential part of not only guarding your own health and well-being, but ensuring that you can continue to be the highest quality caregiver possible for your senior as they age in place.
Use these tips to help you ease your caregiver stress throughout your care journey with your aging parent:
- Be aware of your stress. Simply acknowledging that you are dealing with this stress is an important step in moving forward with managing it. By recognizing that you are suffering stress, you can make modifications to your care routine and daily tasks, seek support, and find other ways to cope with this stress on a daily basis.
- Seek out and accept help. Simply because you have made the decision to be a family caregiver for your aging parent does not mean that you need to take on all of the care tasks for them. In fact, many elderly adult have care needs too expansive for one person to handle effectively on their own, especially if that caregiver is also caring for a child, managing a household, maintaining relationships, and working. Reduce your stress by seeking help from friends, family, and professionals, and accept the help that is offered to you.
- Consider home care. A professional home care provider is an exceptional source of assistance for your aging parent. They can offer personalized care that will specifically address your senior’s needs in the way that is right for them so that you can focus your time, energy, effort, and resources in the most effective way on the other obligations in your life as well as your own health and well-being.
- Schedule time for yourself. Make sure that you put the same importance on taking care of yourself and having time to yourself that you do to the other obligations in your life. Set aside time each day or each week to relax and enjoy time to yourself so that you can rest, release tension, and boost your own well-being.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be stressful, challenging, and, at times, overwhelming. This can be especially true if you are a member of the sandwich generation caring for your elderly adult and your children, or if you live at a distance from your senior and are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be. Fortunately, home care can be there for you. The highly personalized services of an in-home care services provider can fill care gaps and ensure that your parent’s individual needs are met in the way that is right for them. These can be care needs that you are not able to handle due to your own challenges, limitations, or distance, care needs that your parent or you are not comfortable with you handling, tasks that need to be handled more frequently that you can fulfill them, or just the support that companionship can offer.
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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.