What Kinds of Tools Can Help an Elderly Loved One with Diabetes?
When your elderly loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, this can mean introducing a wide range of new tests and tasks into her daily activities. Having the right tools available to your elderly loved one can make hitting those goals easier to do every day.
Talking Glucose Meters
If your loved one has trouble with her vision, reading a glucose meter’s results can be difficult sometimes. There are meters that have large displays that are easier to read, but sometimes that’s not enough. Talking glucose meters display the result on the screen, but they also read the results out to your loved one aloud.
Elderly loved ones who need more stringent blood sugar control may benefit from a continuous monitor. Talk to your senior’s doctor about whether that type of meter is right for them. Many of these monitors transmit the results directly to an online interface that she and her doctor can access.
Smartphone Apps with Reminders
There are a wide range of smartphone applications that offer reminders as well as logs for your loved one’s blood glucose. These apps can also remind your them to take medication, eat, or engage in other activities that benefit her diabetes management, such as exercising regularly.
If you’re a long-distance caregiver to am aging family member with diabetes, being unable to be there with them every day can be especially frustrating. There are services families can sign up for that can contact your elderly loved one for you, check in with her regarding her testing and medication, and alert local emergency services if your loved one doesn’t respond.
Help from Senior Care Providers
For aging adults who tend to be more forgetful about their diabetes management, sometimes having a person there to remind them can be much more effective. Hiring in-home senior care providers ensures that your family member has someone there with her, that she eats when she should, and that she tests when she should. A mix of tools may be the right combination for your elderly loved one, so you may need to try several to find the ones that work the best.
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