November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with more than 130 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it is likely you know someone or perhaps even are part of this group. Whether you’re new to caring for someone with diabetes or a seasoned veteran, there’s always something new to learn to improve life with diabetes.
These guidelines are easy to implement and will make a world of difference in keeping diabetes in check.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Life With Diabetes?
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from an At-Home Care Company caregiver can help ensure meds are taken just 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 avoid any contraindications from new or changed prescriptions.
- Stay active. Exercise is another key element of keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Talk with the doctor for a recommended exercise program, and be sure the person exercises within one hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels are not 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, participating in enjoyable hobbies and pastimes, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Get a medical ID bracelet. Wearing a bracelet or necklace 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 At-Home Care Company will help ensure all of a person’s care needs are met at all times, ensuring you are able to take the breaks from care that you need for your own health and wellness.
How Can Home Care Help?
Our care professionals are fully trained and experienced in caring for people who have diabetes, through services such as:
- Assisting with personal care and hygiene
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Offering pleasant companionship to brighten each day
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- And so much more
Contact us any time at 515-292-2650 to find out more about how our in-home care can improve life with diabetes for someone you love. We are here to make life safer, more comfortable, and much more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our services are available in Ames, Nevada, and Huxley, in addition to the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to find out if our award-winning in-home care services are available in your community.