Try These Tips to Overcome Diabetes Care Burnout

diabetes careLife for a diabetic is an ongoing, delicate balance of monitoring dietary requirements, tracking blood sugar levels, managing medications, making sure to exercise, etc. And diabetes doesn’t take a break on weekends or holidays! It’s no wonder many Manhattan area seniors are struggling with the challenges of diabetes care face the risk of burnout.

Best Senior Home Care of the Manhattan area is here to help diabetics and those who care for them stay on top of the disease and minimize stress. Try keeping these tips in mind when feeling overwhelmed by diabetes:

  • Remember, no one’s perfect. Good diabetes care does not mean having to be perfect with care every single day. Some days are simply going to go better than others and it is important to be forgiving for an occasional glucose fluctuation and then learn from mistakes.
  • Identify care barriers.Barriers to diabetic care management could be:
    • Requiring more information/education on proper diabetic care
    • Avoiding situations that could disrupt a care schedule
    • Excuses to overcome regarding getting more exercise
    • Eating patterns that may be driven more by emotions than hunger
    • Depression or other emotional concerns
  • Stay positive. Throughout everything, a positive outlook can go a very long way. Instead of thinking, “I’ll never be able to manage my diabetes—I might as well plan on having health problems,” try thinking, “I didn’t pay enough attention to my portion sizes at dinner; that is why my blood sugar is high. I need to think ahead and keep portion sizes in line with my meal plan or cover with extra insulin if I eat more than I intend.”
  • Accept assistance.Family members, friends and coworkers typically provide a great shoulder to lean on. Just let them know what is helpful and what to watch for. In home care services are also an excellent resource for diabetic care support and encouragement.

For further assistance with diabetes care, call on Manhattan’s best senior care company, Best Senior Home Care. Our experienced, dedicated caregivers are fully trained and able to alleviate some of the hassle of diabetes management through our in home care services, such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctors’ appointments and to pick up medications, and much more. You can reach us any time at 718-224-0905 or through our online contact form. Let us help improve the quality of life for a Manhattan area senior you love!

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author