No other disease requires so much self-care. And despite the many effective medications, successful treatment of diabetes is dependent upon a motivated patient who knows how to make the right choices and monitors them for their effects on the blood sugar.
As a caregiver, senior care advocate, and home care provider our work is to help seniors, adults, and disabled individuals overcome the obstacles that get in the way of healthy change.
Medication Management: It’s not uncommon for your doctor to prescribe 2 or more medications as part of your diabetes management treatment. Medications can be either oral and injectable. As well, seniors with diabetes may learn that they suffer from other illnesses like high cholesterol or high blood pressure and may take medications for those as well. As your in-home care provider, we can help with keeping track of your medications, organizing them in a pill box, assist with reminders for taking meds and manage refills with your doctor and/or pharmacy.
Grocery shopping/meal prep: Food and diet are probably the biggest hurdles for a diabetic. Having to decide on proper food selection and intake can be discouraging, even depressing, causing more harm to the aging adults’ health. Things like eating too many carbs like potatoes and bread can raise blood sugars causing Hyperglycemia while skipping or delaying meals can cause Hypoglycemia and low blood sugars. The homecare aide will help you create a grocery list that ensures you’re getting proper nutrition every day. They’ll also help with healthy snack selection and prepare those meals for you, in your home, to ensure you’re eating a balanced meal daily.
Foot Care: Diabetes may cause you to have poor blood flow to your legs and feet. Because of this, the skin may be thinner, break easier, and heal more slowly. You also may have nerve damage in your legs and feet causing decreased feeling. An experienced caregiver can perform feet checks daily and check for sores, cuts or bruises. They can also take you regularly to a podiatrist to keep toenails trimmed.
Exercise: It’s important that you check with your doctor to make sure you are safe to exercise and receive an exercise program. Once your preferred exercise is identified, a caregiver can support and monitor your workout and ensure you have proper snacks prepared and ready to help prevent low blood glucose levels.
If you or your loved one has diabetes and feel you need help managing the disease, give us a call today!