Did you know that 23.1% of seniors over the age of 60 have diabetes? If diabetes is left untreated or not properly cared for, it could result in complications such as heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation.
So how can a home caregiver assist a diabetic? Here are a few examples:
- A person with decreased vision may not see a small foot sore that could quickly become a major problem. A home caregiver can inspect a diabetic’s feet daily, can provide proper wound care and can coordinate care with a physician.
- A home caregiver can provide proper nutrition, preparing tasty meals.
- A home caregiver can assist with a physician-approved exercise program.
- A home caregiver can provide reminders for glucose testing and can schedule regular physician checkups.
Coping with diabetes requires a reasonably high level of cognitive or mental function, given the need to follow a treatment plan that includes diet, exercise, and medication components as well as blood sugar testing and other self-care measures. Additionally, those with diabetes have a higher incidence of both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, making it even harder for them to perform multiple, complex tasks. Even garden-variety memory loss associated with aging can impact how well a person deals with diabetes.
A little extra assistance from a Live Free Home Healthcare caregiver can provide mental and physical stress relief for diabetics at home. Contact Live Free Home Healthcare at 603-217-0149 for more information on private duty diabetic care and customized options for varying client needs. Click here to learn more.
Live Free Home Health Care provides home care in Concord, New Hampshire, the rest of the Lakes region and central New Hampshire.