1 in 10 people over 40 in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes according to the charity Diabetes UK.
Unfortunately, these numbers are rising rapidly due to poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy diets and lack of exercise. Diabetes is a severe condition that can often be misunderstood and lead to being misinformed about the risks of developing the condition and how it should be managed if diagnosed.
Although diabetes needs to be carefully managed on a daily basis and diets should be carefully managed, people with diabetes can still lead full and active lives with careful management of their condition.
If your elderly relative has been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to look at their care options at hope and make plans to help them manage their condition and help with day-to-day tasks.
Who is affected by diabetes?
Truthfully, diabetes can affect anyone. But certain factors increase the risk of developing the condition in later life. This includes those who already have higher than average blood pressure or are overweight.
If your loved one shows symptoms of developing diabetes, including extreme thirst, weight loss, tiredness, blurred vision and a need to pass urine more frequently, these are signs they should seek medical advice.
In type 2 diabetics, these symptoms can be associated with other conditions, so on their own can be hard to identify. However, it’s essential to get checked as if left untreated undiagnosed diabetics can suffer a hypoglycemic attack which can be fatal.
Caring for a diabetic relative
As we age, managing the demands of day to day tasks can be challenging at the best of times. If your loved one receives a diabetes diagnosis, they may find it even harder to cope.
The symptoms associated with the condition may leave them feeling drained and weak and unable to carry out many physical tasks that they previously found easy. If your loved one would rather stay at their own home, then a live-in carer could give them the additional support they need while still being in the comfort of their own home.
A live-in carer will be specially trained to look after the elderly and have the knowledge to help manage their condition and allow them to live an independent life.
As well as assisting with the management of diabetics needs they can also help with a range of domestic and personal care tasks for example cooking, cleaning, shopping, and bathing. Having a carer on hand gives you the added peace of mind that should your loved one suffer a hypoglycemic attack, their carer can act fast to get them the medical attention they need.
If you’re considering a live-in carer following a diabetes diagnosis, we can help. Call us to discuss the options and to make a personal care plan for your loved one.