In-Home Diabetes Care, Caregiver Services, Diabetes In-Home Home Care
A life-threatening disease like diabetes needs continual management to avoid diminishing an older adult’s quality of life. Diabetes complications can make it difficult for older adults to care for themselves and do daily household tasks. At FCP Live-In, we provide in-home care and support to older adults who face health challenges from diabetes and other chronic illnesses. For over two decades, our dedicated in-home caregivers have provided quality, personalized diabetes care services with respect to seniors who want to live independently in a familiar environment.
FCP Live-In can provide a wide range of services that include:
Personal Care Services
- Assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding
- Assistance with toileting, incontinence care and safe trips to the bathroom at night
- Assistance with mobility (walking, transfer from bed to chair or wheelchair)
- Assistance with medication management
Light Housekeeping Services
- Changing and making beds
- Light dusting, vacuuming, sweeping
- Cleaning kitchen and bathrooms
- Preparing nutritious meals
- Shopping, running errands
- Providing transportation
- Providing companionship to clients
- Accompanying client to medical appointments
- Accompanying client to social and recreational activities
- Engaging client in meaningful conversation
If you want your loved one to have the best affordable care from a leading home care agency, contact FCP Live-In. Call us today at 1(866) 559-9492.
Understanding Diabetes and Its Symptoms
Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body’s blood sugar levels are too high. The body breaks down food into glucose, also called “blood sugar.” Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, moves the sugar into the bloodstream and into the body’s cells. The body uses the sugar for energy or stores it for later use.
Diabetes develops because of problems with insulin and blood sugar. There are two primary types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes develops when the pancreas does not produce insulin or it produces insulin but not enough to move the sugar into the bloodstream. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, occurs due to problems with insulin. In some cases, the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal sugar levels. In other instances, cells in the body stop responding to insulin and this causes an increase in blood sugar levels.
People of all ages can develop diabetes. However, type 1 diabetes generally occurs in children and young adults while middle-aged and older adults generally develop type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a progressive disease which means that symptoms can develop gradually. Among the most noticeable symptoms include:
- Urinating frequently
- Slow-healing sores
- Increased hunger
- Blurred vision
- Unintentional weight loss
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or fingers or feet
- Excessive thirst
Diabetes does not have a cure, but people can manage the disease with diet, exercise, use of prescription medication or insulin and other methods directed by a health professional.
Older adults with diabetes may need assistance with medication management and household tasks. FCP Live-In can provide this type of service and more with our professional in-home caregivers who understand the specific needs of seniors with diabetes.
Diabetes Causes More Complications with Seniors
While diabetes affects people of all ages, studies show older adults have the most problems with the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association, seniors with diabetes have the highest rates of:
- Amputation of lower legs, toes, feet
- Heart attack
- Vision impairment
- Kidney failure
- Low blood sugar
What’s more, older adults with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for stroke, vascular diseases and diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that can cause numbness and pain in the legs, feet, hands and other parts of the body.
Older adults are more likely to experience complications primary due to the fact that seniors are more likely to have other chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
With the potential health complications that diabetes can bring, some older adults may need in-home care as they manage the disease. The type of Diabetes Care services that FCP Live-In provides ensures an older adult’s safety and overall well-being.
Diabetes Rates Expected to Increase in the United States
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 30 million adults in the United States, or 9 percent of the population, have diabetes. Another 84 million adults have prediabetes, a condition in which glucose levels are high but not high enough to become type 2 diabetes.
The CDC considers diabetes a growing health concern in the United States since it was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015. What’s more, with the aging of the U.S. population, the prevalence of diabetes is expected to increase.
An article in the Population Health Metrics journal predicts that the annual rate of new diabetes cases in the U.S. is expected to nearly double from about 8 cases per 1,000 people in 2008 to 15 cases per 1,000 people in 2050.
If there is a low number of new cases diagnosed and a relatively high diabetes mortality rate, the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed cases of diabetes is projected to climb from 14 percent in 2010 to 21 percent in 2050, according to the article.
Older adults with diabetes complications, such as limb amputations or diabetic neuropathy, face mobility problems and limited social activities. At FCP Live-In, we offer services that help seniors improve their quality of life provide companionship in a time that seniors need it the most.
In-Home Care a Viable Option for Older Adults with Diabetes
If you are caring for a loved one with diabetes, then you understand the daily needs of a senior managing the disease.
Caregiving for a loved one with physical limitations and chronic illnesses can become overwhelming for family members. So, families may believe that their loved one would be better off in an assisted living facility or a nursing home where residents receive around-the-clock care by residential staff.
Moving your loved one from the comfort of home to live with strangers at a long-term care facility may not be the best care option. For one, residents in understaffed nursing homes do not receive adequate attention. Beyond that, the costs of residential living adds up over a period of time.
A less expensive and more viable option is in-home care. This is where FCP Live-In excels. Our in-home caregivers provide the daily support that your loved one needs to remain at home. And, we provide peace of mind to family members who want the best care for their loved one.
About FCP Live-In And Our Diabetes Care Caregiver Services
FCP Live-In has provided the ultimate solution for assisted Diabetes Care services since 1997. Our live-in caregiver services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Diabetes Care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Caregiver Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24-hour professional support system that starts with our direct care staff in the home and expands out to a multi-faceted corporate structure that is there for the client and the Live-in Caregiver at all times.
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