When someone has been diagnosed with diabetes, changes must be made in order to have a good prognosis. These changes can involve taking new medication, transforming eating patterns and increasing activity levels. When the diagnosed person is a senior, the changes might include the involvement of a live-in home care companion to help implement and maintain these changes.
Having a home care companion ensures family members that their loved one is in capable hands when it comes to healthy meals and proper medication management. The diagnosed senior may simply need to take oral medication on a regular basis, or it could be as involved as injecting insulin into the body via a syringe. Knowing that a trained professional is overseeing the new medication regimen brings comfort to not only the immediate family but to the senior as well.
Another benefit to having a home care companion is knowing the senior will be eating meals that are approved by the senior’s doctor. Diabetics must adhere to a stricter meal plan, and home care companions are able to make sure the senior is getting the proper nutrition. Family members do not need to worry about juggling schedules so someone is always there at mealtimes. A home care companion is the perfect choice to prepare healthy and tasty meals and to also provide companionship during mealtimes.
Diabetics must also make sure they remain as active as they possibly can to minimize developing complications. For some seniors, this could mean a home care companion taking them to the local park or mall and walking with them. For others, it could mean a short walk around the block a couple of times a day. For some seniors though, outdoor activity will not be possible. With a doctor’s approval, a home care companion can help a senior with indoor activity. This could involve a slow and steady ride on a stationary bicycle, walking around the house several times, or even doing senior exercises from the comfort of a recliner.
Another aspect of diabetes is having regular checkups by a doctor. A home care companion is able to provide transportation as well as support during these appointments. Family members can arrange to be notified when changes in the prognosis or care are made. Diabetes is a life-changing condition, but it does not have to be a negative one. With the help of a home care companion, seniors can become healthier even when they are diagnosed with diabetes.
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Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.
Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.