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Four Tips to Keep Diabetes from Blinding Your Senior

Diabetes causes all sorts of complications, especially when it’s not well controlled. One of the complications that might worry your senior the most can be problems with her vision, even up to blindness. But that isn’t a foregone conclusion. There are some steps you can take to help prevent blindness as a result of diabetes.

Senior Care in Rohnert Park CA: Diabetes and Eye Health

Senior Care in Rohnert Park CA: Diabetes and Eye Health

Keep an Eye on Blood Sugar Levels.

The biggest tool in your senior’s arsenal for fighting eye issues later is to monitor blood sugar levels now. Keeping blood sugar levels within certain ranges can help your elderly family member’s body, and especially her eyes, to avoid experiencing deterioration due to excess blood sugar. Talk with your senior’s doctor about what the right glucose levels are for her. You may also want to learn how to use your elderly family member’s glucose meter so that you can help her test her blood sugar levels.

Get Regular Eye Exams.

It’s really crucial to have a baseline for your senior’s eye health. If she hasn’t had an eye exam for a while, it’s important to schedule one now, even right after she’s been diagnosed with diabetes. This first exam will help your senior and her eye doctor to spot changes later, if they occur. Make sure that your senior also understands that it’s vital for her to let you or her doctor know when her vision starts to change.

Talk to Her Doctor about Risk Factors.

Every individual with diabetes has slightly different risk factors than other people with diabetes have. Talk with your aging adult’s doctor to get a full understanding of all of the factors that are affected by her diabetes. You’ll also need to understand what other conditions your senior might develop later. All of this is important information that affects the best ways to approach your elderly family member’s overall health.

Exercise and Eat Right.

Exercise and a healthy diet round out your elderly family member’s toolkit for managing diabetes. Eating a healthy diet involves reducing unhealthy food options, such as junk food, and adding fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Exercise can be a little difficult, but start out slowly and make sure that her doctor recommends a safe amount and type of exercise for your aging adult.

Obviously the sooner that you and your elderly family member get to work on protecting her vision, the better. It’s really helpful to have other people who can help you to manage everything that goes into achieving this goal. Senior care providers can help you to manage the daily aspects of managing your senior’s diabetes.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Rohnert Park, 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.