What Elder Care Can Do for Seniors with Diabetes

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Diabetes is a complicated disease. It requires a balance of food, medication, and lifestyle to ensure blood sugar levels remain in the targeted range. That can be a lot for family caregivers to take on in addition to the rest of the responsibilities in their lives, like work and children. Because of the demands of the disease, it can be especially useful for families to enlist the services of elder care. Elder care can offer non-medical disease management that can make a big difference in keeping your aging relative diabetes healthy.

Below are some of the things that an elder care provider can do to assist older adults with diabetes.

Balanced, Healthy Meals

Elder Care Great Neck NY - What Elder Care Can Do for Seniors with Diabetes

Elder Care Great Neck NY – What Elder Care Can Do for Seniors with Diabetes

Eating a good diet is important for everyone, but for diabetics, it’s even more crucial. Knowing how foods affect blood sugar and what it means to create a balanced meal can take some work. Elder care providers can help to plan and prepare meals that meet the guidelines set by the doctor and dietitian. Some of the aspects of creating a good diet for a diabetic senior include:

  • Balancing carbohydrates against other foods to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
  • Knowing what constitutes a proper portion size.
  • Preparing meals that include all of the necessary nutrients through a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins.
  • Avoiding certain foods, like sugary drinks.

 

Increased Physical Activity

Exercise helps to use up blood sugar to create energy for the body. Therefore, exercising helps to keep blood sugar at an appropriate level. If your older family member isn’t getting enough exercise, an elder care provider can help them to move around more. An elder care provider can involve them in activities at home that involve moving, such as playing an active video game, dancing in the living room, or going for a walk. If the senior is interested in joining an exercise class, a caregiver can drive them to the class and pick them up afterward.

Medication Reminders

Taking medications at the appropriate times and checking blood sugar is another aspect of managing diabetes that can sometimes be difficult for seniors. It’s important to note that an elder care provider cannot give your aging relative their medication. However, they can remind the older adult to check their blood sugar and take medications. This can mean not missing doses, which can result in high blood sugar levels. The elder care provider can also stand by to ensure the senior is taking the right medicines and in the appropriate doses.

Sources:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-management/art-20047963
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/managing-diabetes/4-steps
https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-care-home

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Elder Care Services in Great Neck NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.