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Tips for Caring for a Senior Diabetic

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

As a caregiver for a senior loved one, you are in charge of monitoring a range of things on a daily basis, from what is being eaten to participation in physical activities. When a parent or loved one has diabetes, you’ll have a little more on your plate. Fortunately, with the right knowledge about the condition, and information about how to provide quality care both now and in the future, you can help to ensure that diabetes impacts your loved one’s daily routine as little as possible.

Schedule Regular Medical Exams

Detecting and treating symptoms as early as possible is the key to controlling diabetes. During annual exams, your loved one will likely have their feet checked and be encouraged to discuss any recent changes, like difficulty maintaining balance, with their doctor. If you notice that your loved one is experiencing any physical or behavioral changes at home, keep track of them in a notebook so you can be sure to discuss such changes with the doctor.

Regular medical exams should also include visits to the dentist, eye doctor and audiologist since diabetes can affect dental health, vision and hearing. Consider attending appointments with your loved one so you can be a part of the discussion and better understand what symptoms to look out for. If you are unable to attend a scheduled medical appointment with your loved one, a professional part-time caregiver could offer valuable help. Part-time caregivers from reputable home care agencies provide reliable transportation, accompaniment for appointments and assistance with doctor-recommended activities at home. Click here to learn more about hourly home care in New Hampshire.

Check Glucose and Blood Pressure

Although checking glucose levels only takes a small prick of the finger, many seniors find it uncomfortable and may even skip the activity out of fear. Sit down with your loved one to show them how to properly check glucose levels, and if pain is a concern, show them other alternatives such as testing on the arm, palm or thigh which can be more comfortable. It’s also important for seniors to monitor their blood pressure and get regular blood tests to determine the effectiveness of any prescribed medications.

Monitor Daily Insulin Shots

If your loved one needs daily insulin shots, ensure that he or she isn’t skipping shots. Remind your loved one that shots and medications are important, even when they’re feeling perfectly fine. Seniors may not feel comfortable with giving shots themselves, so you may have to do it for them or take time to show them how to prepare the proper amount of insulin and safely administer a shot and in the early stages.

If your aging parent or loved one is having trouble with doctor-recommended activities such as healthy eating and regular exercise, find out how a caregiver from Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire could be of assistance. Highly trained and compassionate, our caregivers promote total health and wellbeing for seniors, assisting with a wide range of daily activities, while also providing companionship and support. For more information, visit our website at www.newhampshirehomecareassistance.com or call a friendly Care Manager at 603-471-3004 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.