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The Big Three Areas You Need to Focus on to Care for Yourself

Caregivers very often run into problems taking better care of themselves. In fact, you might think that skimping on self-care is the way to do more as a caregiver. You’d be wrong. Caring for yourself more effectively makes you more effective at caring for everyone else in your life.

Caregiver Healdsburg CA - The Big Three Areas You Need to Focus on to Care for Yourself

Caregiver Healdsburg CA – The Big Three Areas You Need to Focus on to Care for Yourself

What You’re Eating

Food is fuel. If you’re not eating foods that give your body enough nutrients, you’re going to feel the results of that every single day. Eating foods that are high in calories but lacking in nutrients can’t sustain you for long. Focus on eating foods that are nutrient-dense, like vegetables, fruits, and proteins that have low fat levels. Everyone’s body is different, though, so if you feel as if you aren’t getting what you need from your diet, work with your doctor to determine how you should be eating. That can help you to have the energy you need to keep being a caregiver.

How Much Sleep You’re Getting

Sleep can be tough for a caregiver to come by. First, there’s often the fact that you’re doing an awful lot each day. If you don’t convince your brain to shut down when it’s time for you to get some shut eye, you run the risk of not getting the rest you desperately need. The other problem is often that caregivers look at sleep as something they can sacrifice in order to get more done. That’s not realistic, though. Sleep is always the higher priority because it rests your body and your brain.

Whether You’re Exercising

You have to move your body, for multiple reasons. One of the biggest is that exercise releases endorphins. Those are the chemicals that help to improve your mood and that help you to manage stress. The other reason to exercise is that your senior may need your physical help more and more. By exercising, you’re building up your strength and your stamina. Both of which are going to be things you’re going to need as your caregiving journey progresses.

It is not easy at all to take care of yourself when you’re spending time and energy caring for your aging adult. Your focus can get scattered easily and you can drop the ball in one or more of these areas. When you find yourself doing that, odds are that you need to take time for just yourself. Rely on home care providers to take over for you while you regroup.

Excerpt: That old saying about how you have to care for yourself in order to be a caregiver is incredibly true. And these three areas of focus can help you to succeed.

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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.

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