Keeping Diabetic Seniors Healthy over the Holidays with Non Medical Home Care
According to a new CDC report, one quarter of all Wisconsinites over age 65 live with diabetes. Unfortunately for them, the holiday season is fraught with temptations: candy canes, hot chocolates, Christmas cookies, fruitcakes, and on and on.
But those seniors receiving non medical home care have little to fear. Today’s post runs down a few ways Always Best Care can help diabetic seniors get through the holidays feeling merry.
- Maintain a healthy diet over the holidays. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a Christmas cookie or the odd bit of holiday decadence, but everything should be enjoyed in moderation. Try to eat a diet that is low in sugar and saturated fats. Keeping healthy snacks on-hand can go a long way toward helping you fight the temptation that holiday treats might offer.Ask your non medical home care team to keep healthy foods prepared. We can handle the shopping, food prep, serving, and clean-up, so all your loved one has to do is show up hungry! Additionally, our team can help monitor dietary adherence, plan appointments with your registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), and provide full transportation as needed. Whatever it takes to keep your loved one’s diet on-track, we can do!
- Staying active with non medical home care. Gentle aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, and bicycling can help manage senior glucose levels, control “weight creep,” and fight off frailty. The American Diabetes Association recommends exercising for 30 minutes at least 5 times per week.Ask your non medical home care provider about ways they can help your loved one stay active. At Always Best Care Madison, plenty of help is available. We can accompany your loved one on gentle walks and outings, drive them to their favorite senior exercise class, or help organize and clean out space for a home gym setup.
- Check biomarkers regularly. Seniors with diabetes face heightened risk of hypoglycemia when taking diabetes medications, making it especially crucial to stay on to of glucose level checks. Additionally, blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be checked often.In addition to assisting directly with these checks, your non medical home care team can act as watchdogs for any symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as confusion, dizziness, hunger, and excessive sweating. Whether you need biomarker check reminders, hands-on help, or have to seek medical attention in emergencies, you can count on Always Best Care to come through.
- Never miss a dose of diabetes medication. Optimal medication management is key for diabetic seniors who want to age successfully. Unfortunately, many seniors miss doses or experience dangerous interactions between different medications due to miscommunication or misunderstanding instructions. But with non medical home care, you never have to worry about that again. Let us take charge of your medication schedule and manage your dose with timely reminders, monitoring, and anytime connections to your primary health care provider.
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Call 608-315-2378 or visit the Always Best Care Madison website to book your free care consultation with a member of our team and learn all we have to offer diabetic senior clients.