November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with more than 130 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it’s likely you know someone or perhaps even are part of this group. Whether you are new to caring for someone with diabetes or a seasoned veteran, there is always something new to learn to better manage the condition.
These suggestions are easy to implement and will make a world of difference in managing diabetes in seniors.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Life With Diabetes?
- Relieve stress. Elevated stress can cause elevated blood sugar levels. When caring for a loved one with diabetes, implement numerous calming activities throughout each day: taking a warm bath, reading, participating in enjoyable hobbies and pastimes, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Stay active. Exercising is another key element of keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Speak with the physician for a suggested exercise program, and make certain the person exercises within an hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels are not too low. If attending an exercise class outside of the home, be sure to bring along water, glucose tablets, and snacks that are high in carbs in case of emergency.
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from a Grace Home Care caregiver will help ensure meds are taken exactly as prescribed. Remember to stay on top of ordering prescription refills before running too low. Keep a list of all medications being taken, including the dosages and when each is taken. It is important to share this information with all of the person’s specialists and doctors, to prevent any contraindications from new or changed prescriptions.
- Get a medical ID bracelet. Wearing a necklace or bracelet that indicates the person has diabetes will ensure the right level of attention in the event of an emergency.
- Partner with a professional. Taking care of someone with diabetes is a complex undertaking. A caregiver from Grace Home Care will help ensure all of a person’s care needs are met at all times, ensuring you can take the breaks from care that you need for your own health and wellness.
How Can Home Care Help With Managing Diabetes in Seniors?
Our care professionals are thoroughly trained and experienced in caring for people who have diabetes, through services such as:
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- Preparing healthy, diabetic-friendly meals
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- Offering friendly companionship to brighten each day
- Assisting with personal care and hygiene
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- And much more
Contact us any time at 785-286-2273 to learn more about our in-home care for someone you love with diabetes or any other health issue. We are here to make life safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our award-winning in-home care services are available throughout the greater Topeka area.