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Tips for Making Your Parent’s Diet Healthier as They Deal with Diabetes

If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult with diabetes, it is likely that you have gotten recommendations to adjust your parent’s diet. What they eat can make a tremendous impact on your parent’s health and well-being, and how they are able to manage their condition. Making changes to their diet, however, can be challenging. Your support and efforts can make a major difference in how your parent is able to adjust to these changes and ensures that they are able to get the most benefit.

Caregiver in Sonoma CA: Diabetes and Healthy Eating

Caregiver in Sonoma CA: Diabetes and Healthy Eating

Use these tips to make your parent’s diet healthier as they deal with diabetes:

  • Talk to them about the changes and make sure that they understand why they need to make these changes, the importance of them, and the benefits that they can get from them.
  • Start with small changes so that they can experience what it’s like to make these changes, see that it is not that difficult, and feel the sense of accomplishment that can come from making these changes.
  • Learn to read nutrition labels. This is one of the most important tools that you will use to help your parent make good dietary choices. Reading nutrition labels ensures that your parent gets the nutrients that they need, but also makes sure that they don’t get what they don’t need. Talk to your parent’s doctor about the nutrients that are right for them and how to properly balance their diet.
  • Start researching recipes together to find ones that allow your loved one to still enjoy the flavors and foods that they love but in a healthier way.
  • Cook together so that your parent can get the benefit of preparing their own food and the mental stimulation of working together to prepare healthy, beneficial foods.


Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging and can lead to a tremendous amount of stress. Fortunately, home care can help. An in-home care provider can be there for your aging parent when you are not able to, or if your schedule, limitations, or challenges make it so that you are not able to fulfill all of their care tasks so that they always have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need. This relieves your stress and ensures that you are able to give your parent the care that they need while also focusing energy and attention on the other elements of your life, including your children, your partner, your career, your friends, and yourself. The customized schedule and personalized services of this care provider ensure that your loved one gets the care that is truly right for them and for the lifestyle that they desire and deserve as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Sonoma, 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.

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