There are a lot of positive aspects of being a caregiver. It can give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment knowing that your aging relative is receiving great care. However, caregivers are also susceptible to many different problems. Being aware of possible caregiver problems and what you can do about them can help you to be prepared.
#1: Mental Health Problems
Caregivers often suffer from mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. This can be a result of seeing someone they care about suffering. It can also be caused by the stress of the caregiver load. Caregivers should talk to their doctors about how they are feeling. Seeing a counselor or joining a caregiver support group can help with treating depression and anxiety.
#2: Health Problems
Caregivers often neglect their own health because they are busy with their older family member’s needs. This leads to a greater risk for caregivers of suffering from many health conditions, including an increased risk of mortality. To avoid health problems, it’s important that caregivers see their doctors regularly and manage their own conditions.
#3: Financial Problems
Some caregivers suffer financially because of their responsibility to their older family member. Some family caregivers contribute their own money to the older adult’s bills and needs. Many caregivers also reduce the hours they work or give up working altogether, placing an additional financial burden on themselves.
The stress and work of being a caregiver can be overwhelming and wear you out. You might find yourself crying one moment and feeling angry the next. People experiencing caregiver burnout may feel like they are on an emotional rollercoaster. They might also feel just plain exhausted.
#5: Social Isolation
Caregivers often have little time to spend on themselves, which can mean they lose touch with friends and other family members. Not keeping up with the people you care about can leave you feeling alone. It can also leave you without the emotional support you need in a difficult time.
Some of the problems of being a caregiver can be remedied by finding ways to relieve some of the pressure of the job. One way to do this is to hire home care to take over some of the time you spend as a caregiver. Home care providers can assist your older family member with almost anything they need, including bathing, dressing, and eating. A home care provider can even clean the house and prepare meals.
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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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