November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with more than 130 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it is likely you know someone or maybe even are included in this group. Regardless of whether you are new to caring for someone with diabetes or an experienced veteran, there’s always something new to learn to help older adults manage diabetes.
These tips are simple to implement and can make a world of difference in keeping diabetes in check.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Life With Diabetes?
- Stay active. Exercising is a key component to keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Speak with the doctor for a suggested exercise plan, and be sure the individual exercises within one hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels aren’t too low. If attending an exercise class outside of the home, make sure to bring along water, glucose tablets, and snacks that are high in carbs in the event of an emergency.
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from an Abby Senior 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’s important to share this information with all of the person’s doctors and specialists, to prevent any contraindications from new or changed prescriptions.
- 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, engaging in enjoyable pastimes and hobbies, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Get a medical ID bracelet. Wearing a bracelet or necklace that indicates the individual has diabetes will ensure the right level of attention in the event of an emergency.
- Partner with a professional. Caring for a person with diabetes is a complex undertaking. A caregiver from Abby Senior Care will help ensure all of an individual’s care needs are met at all times, ensuring you are able to take the breaks from care that you need for your own overall health.
How Can Home Care Help Older Adults Manage Diabetes?
Our care professionals are fully trained and experienced in caring for people who have diabetes, through services such as:
- Preparing healthy, diabetic-friendly meals
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Assisting with hygiene and personal care
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- Offering friendly companionship to brighten each day
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- And much more
Contact us online or at 303-699-8840 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 much more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our services are available in Denver, Greenwood Village, Arvada, and the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to find out if our award-winning in-home care services are available in your community.