Helping a Loved One Cope With Diabetes
What are some ways to help a loved one with diabetes? continued...
If it's difficult to talk with your loved one about diabetes care, see if you can go to the next doctor's appointment with him or her. Then let the doctor lead the discussion of how you might be a help.
Some of the things you might do to help a loved one with diabetes include:
- Remind the person to check blood sugar levels at regularly scheduled times.
- Help the person schedule the different doctor's appointments, and make sure there is transportation to and from the appointments.
- Offer to document signs and symptoms or other concerns for your loved one, and agree to discuss these concerns with the doctor.
- Prepare a plan together in case of a diabetic emergency or complications.
- Comfort your loved one and provide love and support when there are spikes or dips in blood sugar levels. Helping someone get control over blood sugar can be lifesaving.
- Offer to help the person with diabetes make the right food choices.
- Prepare food for the person with diabetes.
- Go with your loved one to a diabetes support group.
How can I help a loved one with diabetes if I live out of town?
Long-distance care giving is not easy. But you might consider getting a home health nurse to come to your loved one's home periodically to check on him or her.
The home health nurse is a registered nurse. The nurse will come to a person's home to provide health care, if requested by a physician, social worker, or hospital discharge team.
The nurse can help someone with a chronic disease by doing such things as:
- Assessing vital signs
- Taking blood pressure
- Monitoring blood sugar levels
- Giving injections
- Helping with catheters or wound dressings
You'll need to find out if these home health services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or your loved one's supplemental insurance. Medicare covers some home health services and personal care for many health problems. Every situation and diagnosis is different, so you'll need to let a medical professional guide you.