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Can You Be Healthier as a Caregiver?

If you’re not as healthy as you could be, that might be taking a bigger toll on you than you think. It can also shorten your time as a caregiver.

Caregiver Sonoma CA - Can You Be Healthier as a Caregiver?

Caregiver Sonoma CA – Can You Be Healthier as a Caregiver?

Set up an Appointment with Your Doctor

If you’re like the average caregiver, your own doctor’s appointments tend to fall by the wayside. You need to be able to have an idea what’s going on with your own health so that you can manage it appropriately. Getting a regular physical can help you to do that easily.

Schedule a Massage

You might think that a massage sounds like something you don’t have time for, but it’s actually very therapeutic. It helps to deal with sore muscles and joints, but massages are also great for releasing stress that builds up in your body. You might find that after a massage you’re better able to sleep and you feel better able to handle the different issues that crop up during the day.

Pay Attention to What You’re Eating

What you eat really does matter, just like it matters what your senior eats on a daily basis. If you’re finding that your time as a caregiver keeps you on the go so much that you eat standing up and you grab whatever is handy, that’s not so great. Start taking a closer look at what you’re eating and what you could do to increase the nutritional value of the foods you eat.

Start an Exercise Routine

You do a lot as a caregiver and much of what you do taxes your body. If you start an exercise routine, you can improve your strength and your stamina. Doing so is going to help you to avoid hurting yourself and it will allow you to do more as your senior’s needs increase. Make sure that you clear any new exercise plans with your own doctor before you start.

Adjust Your Sleep

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re probably constantly feeling tired and off your game. Start looking at when you’re going to bed and how much sleep you’re getting each night. That can help you to set a new “bedtime” and work toward setting a consistent wakeup time, too. Other activities, like exercising and eating better, can help you to start getting better sleep as well.

If you’re still not feeling completely up to par, there might be more going on. Go back to your doctor and find out what else might be an issue for you.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Caregiver Services in Sonoma CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

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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