Early detection and professional treatment methods for diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. Below are eight common symptoms of diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association®
⦁ Urinating often
⦁ Feeling very thirsty
⦁ Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
⦁ Extreme fatigue
⦁ Blurry vision
⦁ Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
⦁ Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type1)
⦁ Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Caring for a loved one with diabetes can be a challenge. Attending to their daily needs for blood testing, grocery shopping, eating patterns and meal planning can be a full-time job. Here are Five Primary Reasons to consider in-home care.
⦁ Primary Reason 1 – Meal plans for proper eating patterns – people living with diabetes need to make healthy food choices that enhance their quality of life. It can be confusing trying to understand what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. A trained professional takes all the confusion and guess-work out of the equation.
⦁ Primary Reason 2 – Medication reminders and vital signs – Blood glucose (blood sugar) is key to a diabetic’s health. Many people struggle to manage their blood glucose levels. A trained professional has all the latest tools and maintenance strategies needed to prevent serious complications so your loved one can live life to the fullest.
⦁ Primary Reason 3 – Bathing and grooming assistance – Good hygiene is imperative in preventing infections. Diabetic foot ulcers need proper care such as off-loading and debridement to avoid infection. Keeping the patient mobile and active is key to good diabetes health.
⦁ Primary Reason 4 – Nurse medication setup and supervision- Many people with diabetes take several medications daily. It is essential that all medicines be cross-checked to ensure no chronic medications are missed, and that any new prescriptions are safely added to their daily regimen.
⦁ Primary Reason 5 – Assistance with daily living needs such as errands, shopping, and transportation. Complications from diabetes can lead to neuropathy or vision problems. Having someone there to help with daily tasks can enhance their quality of life.