One thing you can predict about being a family caregiver is there is nothing predictable about this role. Your senior’s needs can change quickly and drastically, and your own ability to manage these needs can change quickly as well. Going into your role as a family caregiver, you may have had a vision of what this relationship was going to be like, how you were going to handle your senior’s needs and challenges, and how you were going to preserve your parent-child relationship. When you got into the thick of things, however, you may have found that these expectations were unrealistic, and you are not able to meet them as you wanted to. The dramatic shift in roles within your relationship with your parent can also lead to further stress and pressure. These combined with the expected stresses and difficulties of caring for an elderly adult can combine to create a condition known as caregiver burnout.
Burnout occurs when your stress has reached an excessive level, and you have failed to properly take care of yourself during your caregiver relationship. When you feel burned out, you no longer have the energy, motivation, or compulsion to fulfill your senior’s needs, or take care of other issues in your life. This can leave you feeling empty, hopeless, helpless, and physically and emotionally exhausted. Caregiver burnout can also lead to tremendous strain in your relationship with your aging parent, particularly when accompanied by depression.
Experiencing caregiver burnout can pose a variety of risks for you, as well as for your aging parent. When you experience burnout, you are more susceptible to illness and infection, are likely to suffer from changes in sleep patterns that can leave you feeling tired, and may struggle with gaining the motivation to handle your needs, including your caregiver efforts. This can result in diminished quality of care for your aging parent, and not being able to give your senior all of the care and support they need. It is important to take care of your mental and emotional health, and protect your well-being before you experience burnout. This will help to preserve your quality of life now, and into the future.
Being a family caregiver can be one of the most challenging experiences of your life, but it can also be one of the most meaningful. Integrating elderly care into your routine for your senior can help you to experience more of the meaning and value, and less stress and difficulty. The services of an elderly home care services provider are completely customized, which means they are designed specifically to match their needs, challenges, and limitations in ways that are right for them as an individual. When your parent receives this type of care, you can rest assured they are being treated with respect, their voice is being heard, and they are being supported in living their highest quality of life.
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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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