National Diabetes Month occurs every November, and if your elderly family member has been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you both understand as much as possible about how this condition affects her daily life. It’s also important to get help wherever possible.
Implementing Diabetes Emergency Plans When Necessary
Every person who has diabetes needs to have an emergency plan for potential problems with low or high blood sugar levels. That can be a scary situation to experience, especially if your senior’s diabetes diagnosis is a new one. Knowing that someone is with your senior just in case can be hugely reassuring for you and other family members.
Monitoring and Documenting Blood Sugar
One of the best ways to stay on top of diabetes management is for your elderly family member to measure her blood sugar levels and to keep track of them. That might be more complicated for her to do, which can leave her with insufficient data to really be able to do what she needs to do to manage her diabetes. Personal care at home can help your senior to stay on top of blood sugar monitoring.
Helping with Meal Planning and Preparation
Another key aspect of managing diabetes properly involves what your senior eats. Your senior’s doctor might recommend a variety of dietary changes, and those can be overwhelming to implement. Home care providers can make meal planning and preparation so much easier on your elderly family member on a daily basis, helping her to eat healthy meals on a regular basis.
Watching for Possible Complications and Problems
Diabetes can complicate so much for your elderly family member, including skin care. Higher than optimal blood sugar levels can lead to slow-healing wounds, which is why so many people with diabetes end up with complications that lead to amputation. Having personal care at home ensures that your elderly family member has someone there to watch for some of those issues in their earliest stages.
Helping with Sticking to Follow-up Appointments
Getting to those follow-up appointments with her doctor might not be as easy as it used to be. If your aging family member is no longer able to drive, for instance, then getting to her appointments is likely a balancing act. Having help that she can rely on with all sorts of daily tasks, including transportation, is so crucial.
Your senior can still have the quality of life that she wants to have with diabetes, but it may mean accepting some additional help at times.