If your elderly loved one has diabetes, there are many things that may help them. The first thing that you should do is to make sure your elderly loved one goes to their doctor. The doctor can assess your elderly loved one, do tests, and make sure the proper treatment plan is in place. From there, however, there are also some diabetes management tips that you and home care services providers can help your elderly loved one with.
Coping with Diabetes
One of the first things that your elderly loved one will need to learn how to do is to cope with diabetes. Many people who are first diagnosed with this disease either go in denial or get angry about it. If your elderly loved one doesn’t learn to cope with and accept they have diabetes, they can get very sick. This is something that you and home care services providers can talk to your elderly loved one about. Once your elderly loved one can cope with their diabetes, they can start making healthier choices for their lifestyle.
If your elderly loved one has diabetes, it is important to make sure they are eating better. Your elderly loved one’s doctor can help you to figure out what they should and should not be eating. They can talk to you about creating a meal plan. Once you know more about what your elderly loved one should be eating and what they should eliminate from their diet, you or the home care services providers can get the right foods for them. As a general guideline, the foods should be low in calories, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, and sugar. Your elderly loved one should also eat more whole grain foods.
If your elderly loved one is not already doing so, they need to be more active. It is recommended that people with diabetes start exercising slowly. It might be a good idea for your elderly loved one to start going on 10-minute walks, 3 days a week. They can slowly increase the amount of exercise they are getting from there. It is also important that your elderly loved one is doing multiple types of exercises such as muscle strength, flexibility, and cardio.
You and Home Care Services can Assist with These Tips
If your elderly loved one has diabetes, these are some of the tips that can help them to manage their disease. If, at any time, your elderly loved one is having a tough time managing or coping with their disease, it is recommended that they speak with their doctor. The doctor can then let your elderly loved one know what needs to be done or what might help.