November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with more than 130 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it is likely you know someone or maybe even are part of this group. No matter whether you’re new to caring for someone with diabetes or a seasoned veteran, there’s always something new to learn to improve diabetes management.
These guidelines are easy to implement and will make a world of difference in keeping diabetes in check.
What Steps Can Be Taken to Improve Diabetes Management?
- Stay active. Exercise is a key element of keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Speak with the physician for a suggested exercise program, and make certain the person exercises within an hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels aren’t too low. If attending an exercise 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.
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from a Live Free Home Health Care 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’s important to share this information with all of the person’s doctors and specialists, to prevent any contraindications from new or changed prescriptions.
- Relieve stress. Elevated stress can cause elevated blood sugar levels. When caring for a loved one with diabetes, implement numerous calming activities throughout each day: taking a warm bath, reading, engaging in enjoyable pastimes and hobbies, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Get a medical ID bracelet. Wearing a necklace or bracelet that indicates the individual has diabetes will ensure the right level of attention in the event of an emergency.
- Partner with a professional. Caring for someone with diabetes is a complex undertaking. A caregiver from Live Free Home Health Care will help ensure all of an individual’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 wellbeing.
How Can Home Care Help Improve Diabetes Management?
Our care professionals are fully trained and experienced in caring for those with diabetes, through services such as:
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Assisting with hygiene and personal care
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- Preparing wholesome, diabetic-friendly meals
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- Offering friendly companionship to brighten each day
- And much more
Contact us any time at 603-217-0149 to find out more about our in-home care for someone you love with diabetes or any other health condition. We are able to make life safer, more comfortable, and much more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our services are available in New Hampton, Epsom, and Concord, as well as the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to discover if our award-winning in-home care services are available in your community.