According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25% of seniors over age 65 have diabetes, diagnosed or undiagnosed. If you or your loved one needs assistance in managing diabetes, ComForCare can help. With appropriate care and medication management, complications of diabetes can be prevented. Caregivers can also assist with nutrition and monitoring, which can help keep blood sugar levels consistent and prevent dangerous spikes. If desired, caregivers can help set up daily exercise routines to provide motivation for healthier living.
Assistance with Medication and Appointments
Our caregivers have specialized training in managing chronic conditions such as diabetes. We can help coordinate doctor’s appointments, transport you to and from appointments, and help you carry out doctor recommended activities.
Caregivers can also set up regular schedules to coordinate eating and insulin administration to keep you healthy and balanced. If blood sugar levels ever reach concerning levels, caregivers understand how to take immediate action and can contact medical services to assist.
Diabetes Management Aids
Depending on the type and severity of diabetes, there are different diabetes management aids that may be prescribed by doctors. These may include insulin/glucose pumps, insulin pens, or other devices. Our caregivers can help you get used to using the devices for blood sugar control and monitoring. As diabetes research moves forward and new technologies are introduced, ComForCare makes it a point to train caregivers on all new innovations so that we are always prepared to help with your needs.
Meal Preparation and Planning
Nutrition is the cornerstone of proper diabetes management. Caregivers can help with meal planning and preparation so that meals are both healthy and enjoyable. Caregivers will make sure that meals are well balanced and low in sugar and carbohydrates to avoid fluctuations.
Meals will also be fulfilling and tasty, however, as a bland diet can make it too tempting to cheat and eat unhealthy snacks. If desired, caregivers will help to keep foods and beverages that are unhealthy and tempting out of the home, although this is ultimately up to you.
Exercise and Physical Activity
Exercising regularly can help the body to use both insulin and sugar more effectively. Exercising can also help with weight control, which can be very helpful in diabetes management. Caregivers can help you to get on a regular schedule of exercise so that workouts are timed to work well with eating and medication regimens. Caregivers can also provide assistance with exercises as needed and can be there for support in case of blood sugar drops.
Ask your local ComForCare office for information on a specific care plan tailored to managing diabetes. Some offices may offer more services.