Diabetes is a growing concern and, like most health issues, older adults are among the worst affected. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million people have diabetes in the United States. More than 88 million adults have prediabetes, and 90% of them do not realize they have it. There is currently no cure for diabetes, but the disease can be effectively managed with medications and changes in diet and exercise.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to many different health complications. It’s important to receive the appropriate attention and training if needed. Home health provides treatment for a wide variety of chronic disorders. Diabetes is one of them. When people qualify for home health disease management training, Medicare pays 100%. Here are some signs that retirees could benefit from home health coaching.
• Having difficulty managing medications.
• Needing follow-up care after an episode related to uncontrolled diabetes.
• Needing someone to monitor them to see if their symptoms are being controlled correctly.
• Constantly expressing confusion about medication.
• Weakness and fall risk related to diabetes.
• Diabetic foot ulcers.
• Diabetic neuropathy.
The symptoms and progression of diabetes for some people can be a constant struggle. Establishing a healthy diet and lifestyle that effectively manages the levels of insulin and blood sugar is more difficult than it sounds. For this reason, those suffering from diabetes may require in-home care to help manage the disease. Give us a call if you or your loved one needs any in-home help to adequately manage diabetes.
Diabetes and Prediabetes | CDC. Cdc.gov. (2020). Retrieved 22 October 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/diabetes-prediabetes.htm.