Homecare: Over one-quarter of older U.S. adults have diabetes.
It’s also estimated that over seven million adults don’t realize they have it. Your dad’s doctor diagnosed him with diabetes. For National Diabetes Month, take time to learn more about this common chronic health condition and how homecare aides can help your dad.
Help With Grocery Shopping
Presbyopia is a common eye condition that occurs sometime after the 40th birthday. It’s the reason magnifying glasses exist. It becomes hard to read small print without magnification. When your dad is trying to read food labels in a store, presbyopia can make it seem impossible.
With in-home care aides accompanying him on grocery shopping trips, your dad can let someone else read labels. He won’t accidentally purchase a salad dressing or sauce with added sugar. He’ll have someone there to read the labels on the juice to make sure it’s all juice and doesn’t have added sweeteners like corn syrup or honey.
Encouragement With Daily Exercise
When he’s diagnosed with diabetes, your dad’s doctor will recommend he loses weight and exercises regularly. He needs to go out every day for a walk or to engage in an activity he enjoys. If he has a caregiver to join him on walks, he won’t have to walk alone. That can encourage him to become and stay active.
Better Meals and Snacks
When you have diabetes, maintaining blood sugar levels is vital. Your dad should be eating smaller meals throughout the day to avoid big spikes with a large meal. With a caregiver’s help, he can have someone else available to cook meals for him and prepare snacks.
That caregiver can keep track of the time that’s passed between snacks and meals and make sure he’s regularly eating. Instead of a big breakfast and an afternoon of fasting before a large dinner, he could have that breakfast broken into three smaller morning meals. Your dad’s dinner could be spread out all afternoon and evening.
Homecare: Reminders to Check His Blood Sugar Levels
Caregivers can also remind your dad to check his blood sugar levels. If his levels are too low or too high, he has a caregiver there to ensure he takes steps to correct them. His home care aide can also remind him to keep track of the levels if his doctor asks him to keep a journal.
Homecare service providers can help your dad manage daily routines when he has diabetes. Learn more about the benefits of hiring caregivers for medication reminders, transportation, and meal preparation. Call an in-home care specialist to get started.