How Home Care Can Help Prevent Diabetes Complications

How Home Care Can Help Prevent Diabetes Complications
If you’re a family caregiver for an older adult with diabetes, you probably know that the condition is nothing to fool around with. Left untreated or allowed to get out of control, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, and kidney damage. Managing the disease involves testing blood sugar, eating according to a specialized meal plan, and taking medications. For some older adults, all of that can be too difficult to manage on their own. Fortunately, there are many ways home care can help them to deal with the disease and prevent complications. Below are just a few of the ways they can help.

Medication Reminders

Many people become forgetful as they age. As a result, your aging relative may occasionally forget to take doses of their medication. They may also forget that they’ve already taken medicine and take it again. For many diabetics, taking the proper amount of insulin at the right time is crucial to keeping blood sugar levels within the target range. While a home care provider cannot give your aging adult medicines, they can remind them when it is time to take them. They can also monitor them to ensure they take the correct amount.

Cooking Meals That Fit the Meal Plan

Cooking can be hard for older adults whose hands aren’t as strong as they once were. For some, it’s also not much fun to cook meals for one. Diabetes can complicate making meals because there are some guidelines diabetics need to follow. Usually, the doctor will refer the diabetic to a dietician to help them learn new ways to eat and to develop an eating plan. Home care providers can cook meals that follow the meal plan. They can even help your aging relative to grocery shop and choose healthy foods.

Transportation to Medical Appointments

If your aging relative is no longer able to drive, they may have difficult getting to their medical appointments. That can be a problem since diabetes requires more frequent check-ups. In addition, it’s very important that diabetics have regular eye exams, keep up on their vaccinations, and see the dentist at least twice per year. A home care provider can drive the senior to their appointments, which can be a huge help to family caregivers who may otherwise have to take off work or rearrange their schedules. 

Regular Foot Care

Because diabetes can cause foot problems, like ulcers that don’t heal, it’s important that they take special care of their feet. Feet should be washed and dried thoroughly every day. They should also be inspected for cuts, sores, and blisters. However, bending down to take care of feet can be hard for some older adults. Fortunately, a home care provider can take care of daily foot care while the senior sits back in a chair and relaxes. 

Sources
https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/problems.html
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/10675-diabetes-preventing-complications
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-management/art-20045803


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Holladay, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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