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Caring for a Loved One with Diabetes

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Caring for an aging parent or loved one can be a difficult task, especially when your loved one is living with diabetes. However, caregivers who are able to create and follow a daily care routine are able to reduce frustrations and anxieties often associated with diabetes management. Below, Home Care Assistance of Naples presents some of the most important aspects of diabetes care and how you can work them into your daily routine.

Foot Care

Because of poor circulation and reduced sensation in the feet (known as neuropathy), diabetics are particularly vulnerable to foot injuries and often cannot heal properly once the foot has been injured. Preventing foot injuries thus becomes incredibly important, since diabetes is still the leading cause of amputation in the United States.

One easy way to make foot care part of the daily routine is to inspect all surfaces of the feet just before your loved one goes to bed for the night, then wash and dry them and apply lotion if needed. Always be sure to check that the toenails are in good shape. Have regularly scheduled appointments with a podiatrist several times a year or as needed to keep nails trimmed. It is also good to invest in diabetic socks and shoes for keep your loved one’s feet healthy.

Blood Sugar Log

One of the single most important aspects of diabetes management is maintaining a daily blood sugar log. Your doctor will tell you how often you will need to check your loved one’s blood sugars and once you do, record it in your log every time. This will help your doctor assess how effective your loved one’s diabetes management plan is and will make it easier to spot trends in blood sugar levels. You can use a notebook, a bank book or a calendar to keep track of the logs and be sure to bring them to each appointment so your doctor can examine them. If you are unable to provide around the clock care for your loved one, learn more about 24/7 home care in Naples, a great option for seniors living with advanced conditions such as diabetes.

Diet

Diabetics can have a low rate of compliance when it comes to diabetic diets, but keeping on one that has a low glycemic index and will not spike up the blood sugars is key to day to day disease management. Offer eggs, fresh vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit along with dairy, lean meats, and whole wheat or brown rice products as part of daily meals. If your loved one has a sweet tooth, there are many diabetic dessert cookbooks available that will allow him or her to indulge a little without raising blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is a complicated disease. However, if you are able to implement the above strategies into your daily care plan, many problems and complications can be avoided. For more information about caring for an aging parent or loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples at 239-449-4701 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.