April 13th, 2012
Did you know…The America Diabetes Association reports that 23.6 million people, or 8 percent of the population, have diabetes. Many of these are senior citizens! Diabetics’ bodies are unable to produce insulin, or weak insulin is produced. This causes high sugar levels in the blood, which can result in hearing loss and circulation problems that affect everyday living. Seniors who are diabetic and live at home (either in their own home, or a senior living facility) benefit from assistance with managing their health care needs. In Home care aides can remind diabetic clients when it is time for daily insulin shots. They can prepare meals and snacks that include only suggested food types. For seniors with circulation issues, aides can massage the client’s feet and legs with lotions and assist with compression hosiery or diabetic socks. For clients who have suffered hearing loss, the aides can monitor their use and care of their hearing devices. Private duty home care aides can assist in keeping those suffering from diabetes comfortable and well.