Five Tips for Being a Caregiver to a Senior with Diabetes
Becoming a family caregiver to someone with diabetes can be overwhelming at first. There’s a lot to remember and a lot to learn. You might find yourself feeling stressed and uncertain what to do next. Though you can’t hope to know everything about diabetes or being a diabetic caregiver right away, taking the time to learn as much about diabetes as possible can help.
Below are five tips to get you started…
#1 Take it Slow
It can be tempting to leap right in and make huge changes to your life and to the life of the diabetic. Such major changes can be stressful and difficult to maintain. Instead of making changes all at once, the American Diabetes Association recommends that you start slowly. It’s hard to accept a difficult diagnosis, so don’t push your family member to move from their initial feelings of shock toward accepting and changing their lifestyle.
#2 Ask How You Can Help
Encourage the diabetic to take care of themselves without any nagging. Also, don’t push your help on them. Rather than trying to do everything for them, ask what you can do to help. When you offer to help, don’t be upset if you are rejected. Just remind the person that you’re there to help when they need it.
#3 Join Them in Lifestyle Changes
It can be easier to change the way you eat or to start exercising if someone does it with you. Support your loved one by also eating healthier. Offer to take a walk with them. Or, join an exercise class together.
#4 Be a Part of the Team
Caring for someone with diabetes is a team effort that involves doctors, nurses, dieticians, the diabetic, and caregivers. Ask your loved one if you can go to doctor appointments and diabetes education classes with them. It’s okay for you to ask questions of the healthcare professionals. You may also want to take notes during appointments.
#5 Take Care of Yourself
Many family caregivers fall into a pattern of ignoring their own health. Letting your health go can affect your ability to be a good caregiver. Continue to attend your regular doctor appointments. Also, pay attention to what you eat and try to make healthy choices. Make time to exercise and spend time doing the things you enjoy.
Being a family caregiver isn’t easy. One way you can take better care of yourself while also caring for an older adult with diabetes is to hire an elderly care provider to assist. An elderly care provider is someone who can come to the senior’s home as often as you need. They offer another level of support, making sure the person is safe, reminding them to take medications, and doing things for them around the house.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering hiring elderly care in Newport Beach, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
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