Plant-based diets have become more popular than ever as people realize the incredible health benefits they can get from cutting down on the animal products they consume, and increasing the plant foods they make a regular part of their daily diet. November is Vegan Month, which is a perfect opportunity for you as a family caregiver to recognize these health benefits, and find ways to make simple switches in your parents diet to help them enjoy these health benefits. From reduced risk of cancers, to better heart health, to lower chance of diabetes and improved management of diabetes, to easier weight management, the health benefits of a more plant-based diet could be tremendous for your senior, and all it takes is a few simple swaps. Introducing vegan baking into your care routine with your parent can be a great way to help them continue to enjoy their favorite sweets and treats, while also boosting the nutrition.
Vegan baking swaps can seem daunting, but fortunately they don’t have to be. These easy switches will ensure your parent’s baked goods are just as delicious and satisfying, but healthier:
- Make a fast, easy cake with a fraction of the fat and calories by adding 12 ounces of your favorite soda to a boxed cake mix and baking as usual.
- Replace eggs in recipes that need to be leavened with soda or aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas.
- Replace eggs in recipes that need binding with mashed banana, applesauce, or ground flaxseed mixed with warm water and allowed to gel.
- Replace eggs in recipes that need moisture with vegetable oil and cornstarch, mashed banana, or pureed white beans.
- Replace butter with coconut oil or non-hydrogenated vegetable spread.
- Replace buttermilk in a recipe by adding lemon juice to a plant-based milk.
Encouraging your aging parents to live their best life is your top priority as a family caregiver. Introducing senior care into your care routine can be an exceptional way it to pursue this goal. A senior home care services provider can help your parent to manage their challenges, and empower them to take good care of their health, keep them safe, and support a sense of independence and autonomy. Not only will this help them to enjoy better physical health and well-being as they age, but also better mental and emotional well-being. As a family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has access to this level of care can give you peace of mind, and help you to enjoy a better life as well.
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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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