Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects young and old alike. In fact, 48% of people with diabetes in Canada are over 65 years of age. Because seniors often have other ongoing health concerns, living with and managing diabetes is different for older adults. It also comes with additional risks and complications. Seniors with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, osteoporosis, and experiencing poor mental health. Among other things, older adults with diabetes will likely have medications, dietary guidelines, and blood sugar testing to manage daily. All told, managing diabetes can be a lot to handle without the support of a team; especially if the senior in question is managing other health conditions at the same time.
For these reasons, the in-home diabetes care for seniors offered by Comfort Keepers Peterborough can play a key role in the successful management of diabetes for our older adult clients. Working as closely as needed with our client’s health care team and family, our Comfort Keepers are able to relieve some of the stress that comes from living with and managing diabetes.
Whether it is pills or injections, managing diabetes will involve medications. Keeping doses, schedules, and refills organized and accounted for can get complicated without a consistent system in place. This is especially true when a senior is taking medications for different conditions on separate schedules. Proper dosing and timing of medications are crucial for managing diabetes. Karie is a medication management program that can be used by seniors independently or with the support of a Comfort Keeper as part of our diabetes care for senior services. The Karie program makes managing medication simple. Learn More About Managing Medication With Karie
A significant part of diabetes care for seniors involves managing blood sugar levels and reducing risks to heart health such as maintaining (or reaching) a healthy weight and monitoring blood pressure. While some of these concerns are addressed with medication, diet and nutrition are important components of diabetes care for seniors. Working collaboratively with our clients’ doctors and/or health care providers our Comfort Keepers can help shop for and prepare “on-plan” meals together with our clients. Learn More About Meal Preparation And Dietary Support Services Here
For a senior with diabetes, physical activity and exercise are an important part of managing blood sugar levels, weight, blood pressure and overall health. However, many seniors live with limited mobility, eyesight or endurance which can make engaging in physical activities challenging or even unsafe. With the support of a Comfort Keeper, seniors can maintain or rediscover activities like walking, hiking, at-home fitness classes and even strength training. Having the hands-on support of a caregiver makes getting up and active safer and more enjoyable for seniors. Learn More About Exercise Services For Seniors Here
In-home diabetes care for seniors in Peterborough and the surrounding areas can be tailored to include whatever supports our senior clients and their families want and need. We work collaboratively with our clients, their families and the healthcare team to create a personalized plan of care that keeps health, wellness, and joy top of mind. If a senior in your family is living with diabetes and needs additional support, contact Comfort Keepers Peterborough today to learn more about how we can help. Call 705-243-4042 or fill out our online contact form by clicking the link below. Contact Comfort Keepers Peterborough Today