There is a reason breakfast is frequently referred to as the most important meal of the day. This is the first opportunity each day for you to give your body the nutrition it needs to function and thrive, and the first step in eating well for the day. As a family caregiver, giving your aging parent a healthy, balanced breakfast is a way to set them up for a day of more energy, better mental clarity, and a higher-functioning body. It can seem overwhelming to think of serving a healthy, balanced breakfast every morning when you are dealing with a busy schedule. Fortunately, there are breakfasts that are packed with nutrition and satisfying, but still easy even for a busy sandwich generation caregiver.
Try some of these easy and satisfying breakfasts to get your senior’s day off to a healthy start:
- Smoothies. Perfect for on-the-go or for a relaxing morning, a smoothie is a sweet, delicious, and easy way to pack in the nutrition in the morning. Blend Greek yogurt or tofu, frozen fruit, protein powder, and milk or juice together to start your parent’s day strong. For even more nutrition, try adding a handful of baby spinach or a scoop of fiber powder.
- Overnight oats. Oatmeal is a whole grain, high in fiber, and dense in vitamins and minerals. Make it easy on yourself to offer this satisfying, healthy meal by filling glass jars with oats, milk or plant milk, nut butter, fruit, and honey or agave, then setting them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, they will be ready to eat cold, or to be microwaved for a fast hot breakfast.
- Eggs. Eggs are a quick, delicious source of protein and vitamins, but they are also a great canvas. Add any combination of meat, cheese, and vegetables to pack in extra nutrients in a tasty way. If your family likes the same ingredients, try making a large batch of the egg mixture, pouring it into muffin cups, and baking. These make perfect handheld meals. If you are in a hurry, don’t worry about making an omelet. Instead simply scramble the ingredients together.
Getting the right nutrition can be challenging for elderly adults. Many struggle with challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to prepare their own meals, or even to understand how to eat a healthy diet. Fortunately, elderly care can help. As a family caregiver, you want to take the proper steps to ensure your parent lives the healthiest lifestyle possible, and having an elderly home care service provider as a part of your care routine can help you to achieve this. When it comes to helping your parent get the proper nutrition, this care provider can assist your senior at the grocery store stocking their kitchen with proper foods, assist with meal preparation, and even physically help your parents eat to ensure they stay safe while getting the nutrition that will help their body thrive.
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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.