How Can Live-in Home Care Help With Diabetes?
Live-in home care can help with diabetes by:
- Providing companionship
- combatting isolation
- Enabling them to keep their possessions
- Promoting independence
- Consuming nutritious meals
- Maintaining familiarity
It is estimated that over four million people in the United Kingdom suffer from diabetes, and the numbers are rising rapidly due to an ageing population and unhealthy lifestyles.
Diabetes is a serious condition which is often misunderstood, and many people are misinformed when it comes to understanding the risks of developing the condition or managing it once it has manifested.
Diabetes can prove fatal if it is not correctly managed on a daily basis, but with careful monitoring of their diet and regular exercise, sufferers can still lead a completely normal and active life. If your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may need to look at their care at home options and put in place a plan which will help them to manage their condition and cope with day to day living.
What is Diabetes?
There are two main types of diabetes, - type one and type two. Type one diabetes usually manifests when a person is still very young and is an autoimmune disease caused by the body’s immune system attacking healthy tissue by mistake. Type two diabetes can be developed at any point in a person’s life and is caused by the body’s failure to produce enough insulin.
Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be managed. It is important that your loved one is diagnosed quickly if they begin to show signs that they might have developed the condition, as it will only get progressively worse the longer it is left untreated.
Who is at risk?
Diabetes can affect anyone, but there are certain factors which put someone at greater risk of developing the condition. Those who already have a higher than average blood sugar level are significantly more likely to go on to develop diabetes, as are those who are overweight.
Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to break down the glucose consumed into energy, either because there is insufficient insulin produced to move it effectively around the blood stream or because the insulin, which has been produced, doesn’t work.
Signs and symptoms
The main symptoms of diabetes include feelings of extreme thirst, tiredness, weight loss, blurred vision or feeling you need to urinate more often, particularly during the night. While some elderly people might put these things down to nothing more than their age, it’s important that you encourage your loved one to seek medical advice if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed.
Because the symptoms of type two diabetes can often be put down to other things, many people can live with the condition for a number of years without realising it. Nevertheless, if left unchecked and unmanaged, diabetes can lead to a hypoglycaemic attack and may prove fatal.
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How home care could help
Many very elderly people struggle to manage day to day tasks in their own homes at the best of times, but if your loved one has also been diagnosed with diabetes it can become even harder for them to cope. Diabetes can be a draining condition, particularly as weight loss and loss of muscle density can leave the sufferer feeling weak and unable to carry out the more physical tasks they once used to do.
If your loved one is suffering from diabetes but would prefer to remain in their own home rather than enter a care or nursing home, then a home help care package from a provider such as Elder could be the answer. With such a package in place, a live-in carer will move in with your elderly relative and provide them with all the support and companion care they could need to remain within their own home, living as independent a life as possible.
A live-in carer will also have the knowledge and training to prepare the specially balanced diet which all diabetes sufferers need to maintain, and could even help them to increase their levels of physical fitness by accompanying them on walks or encouraging activities such as gardening. Maintaining their physical strength and ensuring that they get plenty of exercise is extremely beneficial in the management of diabetes.
A live-in carer is not only able to assist with domestic tasks such as cooking nutritious and balanced meals, but can help your loved one in administering the medication they need to manage their diabetes. This can be particularly beneficial to those in need of dementia care, who may struggle to remember to take their medication or may take the incorrect dosage.
Because your loved one’s carer will also be with them both day and night, you are provided with the peace of mind which comes with knowing that they are being watched over at all times. Should your loved one suffer a hypoglycaemic attack, their carer will be on hand to see that medical assistance arrives as fast as possible, ensuring that they get all the help they need.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes and you think that they could benefit from a care at home package, simply get in touch with the expert team at Elder today. With carers specially trained in the treatment and care of diabetes patients, we can create a tailor-made care plan which will enable your loved one to remain living independently in their own home and to receive all the help they require to manage their condition.
Home Help: What's the Cost?
There are various cost options to consider and some help towards fees may be available from your loved one’s local authority or through NHS continuing healthcare funding, depending on the individual circumstances
Five Reasons a Loved One Might Need Home Help
If you are considering elderly care options for your loved one, then help at home from a dedicated live-in carer is often the most favoured option.
Nutrition: Caring for Elderly Parents
As we age, our nutritional needs change and so do our appetites. Older people may eat less, but they also need fewer calories. However, other aspects of diet, such as vitamins and mineral levels and foods that can be dangerous to older people, need to be considered. Old age is not the time to become too strict with someone’s diet. The important thing is that they get enough to eat and take supplements if needed.
Dementia and Diet: Does It Make a Difference?
Although a good diet cannot slow the progress of dementia, it can make a big difference to the overall health and quality of life of someone receiving care for the condition. Eating habits can change with age; some people find their appetite has reduced, or their sense of taste and smell isn’t what it once was. Combined with dementia, this can lead to problems, and without the right support, those affected by the condition may lose interest in food or simply forget to eat.
Old Age and Diet: Does It Make a Difference?
As we grow, our nutritional needs change, from birth through to a senior age. Eating well is important for all ages to provide the right nutrition for health, vitality and quality of life. Unfortunately, many older people, for a variety of reasons, are not eating as well as they could, which leads to poor nutrition or, in some cases, malnutrition, which can be mistaken for an illness or disease itself.