How Home Health Aides Help in Diabetes Care

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 Home health aides can be one of the main resources for daily care and treatment of diabetes for patients who need outside help. The personal assistance provided by home heath care workers can mean the difference between patients staying in their own homes or having to move to assisted living.

Special Needs of Diabetes Patients

Diabetes patients need to monitor their blood sugar levels daily. It is essential that they maintain a healthy diet and get enough exercise to stay healthy. If they are living alone, this can be hard to do.

Specifically, many diabetes patients need help in four areas:

  • blood glucose testing, including recording the results and reporting it to the doctor
  • insulin shots
  • doctor visits
  • alerting that symptoms need immediate help

In addition, many need help with everyday activities that help them stay in their own homes and contribute to the quality of their daily life, including:

  • planning meals and preparing the proper foods
  • exercise
  • running errands
  • keeping the house up

 What Health Aids Do

 Skilled home health aides offer a variety of services:

  • registered nurses provide skilled nursing, including injections, drawing blood, IV therapy, wound care and monitoring blood pressure
  • physical therapists help patients regain the movement and strength, show patients how to use specialized equipment to help them get around and help regain the ability to get in and out of a bed, a wheelchair or a bathtub
  • occupational therapists oversee a range of exercises that help a patient cook, dress, groom, bathe and eat
  • home support aides help with meal planning and preparation, all types of personal care and do light housekeeping
  • home health aides help with grooming, dressing, oral hygiene and cutting fingernails and toenails

 Patients Stay in Their Own Homes

The biggest benefit of using home health aides for diabetes patients is the ability to stay in their home. Moving to assisted living is necessary in some cases, but many diabetics simply need basic help on a daily or weekly basis to live safely and comfortably, right where they are.

Receiving personal and domestic care in the privacy of their own home lets a person with diabetes retain their self-respect. They stay independent, leading productive lives in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

It also reduces readmission to the hospital. If a diabetic can recuperate at home, he stands a better chance of long term recovery, the recovery rate is faster, and the problem will recur less often, according to studies.

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