Diabetes is a serious health condition that requires a special approach to help patients to feel as good as possible, especially when it comes to taking care of seniors with diabetes.
In this article, we have gathered the top 5 tips for providing care to seniors with diabetes to help everyone on this difficult journey in the context of the Covid-19 situation.
1. Educate yourself about diabetes
Caring for seniors with special healthcare needs requires love, understanding, and ongoing education. You need to learn as much as you can about this special health condition, discover the latest information about diabetes peculiarities, look through all the modern treatments, etc. You can go for diabetes education courses at local hospitals.
2. Stand tall for your patient/closest with diabetes
All people with diabetes need to rethink their habits to mitigate the impact of diabetes on everyday life. You should try to help your older adult with implementing new habits and changing their lifestyle. Go exercise with them, show all the benefits of a healthy diet, cook together to improve their health condition and keep them entertained.
3. Reduce stress
There are lots of factors that can affect blood sugar levels negatively and stress is one of them. You should try to teach your seniors positive thinking, surround them with beautiful and peaceful things, or show them self-calming techniques like yoga or meditation that will help them to keep the stress level at a low point.
4. Organize the meds
Some seniors with diabetes require taking medicine and preparing all the meds in advance to track daily doses and avoid unexpected run out of meds. Some ready-to-use meds organizers will help you to avoid those kinds of situations.
5. Join the caregivers’ community
Taking care of seniors with diabetes is not the easiest thing to do. However, you need to remember there are lots of caregivers out there that feel the same. It is okay to ask for other caregiver’s support and share your experience. You can join caregiver groups for people with diabetes at local hospitals or search for some private groups on social media.