How Can Live-in Home Care Help With Diabetes?
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 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 stay 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 is specialised in caring for the elderly and 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 getting them out and about, 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 quality dementia care, who may struggle to remember to take their medication or may take the incorrect dosage.
Because your loved one’s carer will provide both day and nighttime care, 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 live-in 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.
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