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 included in this group. Regardless of whether you’re new to caring for someone with diabetes or an experienced veteran, there is always something new to learn to better manage the condition.
These tips are simple to implement and will make a world of difference in caring for diabetes in a loved one.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Life With Diabetes?
- Stay active. Exercise is a key component to keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Speak with the doctor for a suggested fitness plan, and make certain the person exercises within one hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels aren’t too low. If attending a fitness class outside of the home, be sure to bring along water, glucose tablets, and snacks that are rich in carbs in the event of an emergency.
- Relieve stress. Elevated stress can result in elevated blood sugar levels. When caring for a loved one with diabetes, incorporate plenty of calming activities throughout each day: reading, taking a warm bath, engaging in enjoyable pastimes and hobbies, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from a Home With You Senior Care caregiver can 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 doctors and specialists, to avoid 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 immediately in the event of an emergency.
- Partner with a professional. Caring for someone with diabetes is a complex undertaking. A caregiver from Home With You Senior Care will help ensure all of an individual’s care needs are met at all times, ensuring you can take the breaks from care that you need for your own overall health.
How Can Home Care Help With Caring for Diabetes?
Our care professionals are highly trained and experienced in caring for people who have diabetes, through services such as:
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Preparing wholesome, diabetic-friendly meals
- Offering pleasant companionship to brighten each day
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- Assisting with personal care and hygiene
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- And so much more
Contact us online or at 410-756-0959 for more information about our in-home care for someone you love with diabetes or any other health issue. We are able to make life safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our services are available in Catonsville, Reisterstown, and Westminster, as well as the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to discover if our award-winning in-home care services are available in your community.