If you are a family caregiver for one of the more than 30 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with diabetes, one of the recommendations that you are likely to have received is to help your senior lose weight. If your senior is overweight or obese, they are at increased risk of suffering from serious complications related to diabetes and will have a more difficult time managing it.
Losing weight can help make managing diabetes easier, and can even help your parent work toward no longer being considered diabetic. Helping your senior to lose weight can be challenging, but fortunately having an elderly care provider in the home with them can help.
Some ways that senior care can help a senior with diabetes pursue their weight loss goals include:
Ensuring that they fully understand the recommendations and guidelines presented by their doctor. Most likely your parents doctor will give them a list of recommended foods or a diet plan to help them control their diabetes and their weight. Elderly care providers can make sure that your parents understands this so they can make the best choices.
Assisting your aging parent with grocery shopping so that your parents can stock their home with healthy foods.
Helping your parents to find recipes and foods that are good for their body and will help them toward their weight loss goals while still allowing them to enjoy their favorite flavors.
Assisting with meal and snack preparation so that your parents will have access to healthy, satisfying meals that will help to curb their hunger, control their cravings, and also manage their diabetes.
Helping your parents find a physical activity that they enjoy and encouraging them to participate in this type of exercise on a regular basis. Exercising will help them to lose weight, but it can also help to manage their diabetes and lower the risk of serious complications such as cardiovascular disease.
Starting elderly care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the time that you are their family caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right, not just for their individual needs, but also the level of care that you provide them.
This means that they are able to manage their challenges and limitation in the ways that are right for them while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. This not only encourages your aging parent to enjoy a higher quality of life, better health and well-being, and improved mental and emotional health, but can relieve your stress and support a better lifestyle for you as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Darby PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.