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How Are You Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month?

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which gives you the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at what you can do for yourself as a caregiver. What you do for others is already so much, now it’s time to focus on yourself for a little while.

Elder Care in Novato CA: National Family Caregivers Month

Elder Care in Novato CA: National Family Caregivers Month

Assess Your Senior’s Current Care Plan.

Your elderly family member’s needs change as her health and other factors change. She may improve in some areas and therefore need a little less help there. Other areas may require a little more help. When you make the time to periodically check into what’s working for her, you can make those little adjustments that make a big difference.

Look at Your Own Self-Care Plan.

How well are you taking care of yourself? That’s a big question for a lot of caregivers and it might make you stop and wonder just how you’re supposed to focus on taking care of yourself when you have so much else going on. The key here is that you cannot be the caregiver that you want to be if you aren’t eating right, getting rest, and taking care of your other needs.

Make Changes Where You Can.

It’s not easy to make big changes quickly. Sometimes the best way to get to those big results is to make small changes now wherever you can. For instance, start going to bed by a certain time each night, no matter what. At first you might feel as though you’re missing out on time to do more, but the extra sleep you’re getting is going to give you more energy and better means to cope with life.

Look for Ways to Make Your Life as a Caregiver Easier.

Caregivers are used to solving problems, but that doesn’t always mean they’re solving problems for themselves. What can you do today to make your life easier? For instance, elder care providers can handle errands and other tasks for you and your aging family member, freeing up your time and energy to devote elsewhere. That’s going to give you a leg up in other areas.

As you adjust what you’re doing as a caregiver, you’re hopefully continuing to meet your senior’s needs as well as ensuring that you’re taking the best care possible of yourself. If this is a difficult process for you, imagine that you’re looking at ways to make another caregiver’s life easier and better. You might be surprised how many ways you can find to do that.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Novato, 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.