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Essential Tips For Every Person Intending To Be A Diabetic Caregiver
According to the American Diabetes Association, roughly 10% of the entire population are diabetic. This translates to over 50 million families who are taking care of diabetic patient who may be a parent, a spouse, a child, sibling or even friend. Regardless of the person under care, the diabetic caregivers are supposed to conform to certain requirements. The job is not an easy one because diabetes is very delicate condition that needs keen observation of the lifestyle ranging from the diet to medication. As diabetic caregivers, you will be required to monitor how the patient takes medication and feeds. A slight deviation from the requirements will get the patient miles back. In case you intent to be a diabetic caregiver, here are some tips that will make you effective and helpful to the patient.
Gather as much information on diabetes as possible
Gathering information about diabetes is very vital for you to take care of your family member or friend in a way that will benefit them. Gathering information in this case goes far beyond k knowing symptoms and the role of medication for a certain type of diabetes. You will need to have sufficient information on how to improve the overall health of a diabetic patient by encouraging certain physical activities and the frequency. Some of the ways you can use to acquire information is visiting doctors and physicians, reading authoritative publications as well as seeking information online from reputable websites such as the American Diabetes Association.
Do not force development of habits
Just like any other disease, diagnosis with diabetes comes as a shocker for the patient. Sometimes, they tend to lose hope and may not see much sense in conforming to new lifestyles. Trying to force such a person into a diabetic friendly lifestyle may break them. Of course there is need to find a way of making them conform to a healthy lifestyle. However, you cannot become authoritative and make it sound like you are enforcing laws. It is very essential to make sure that the patient makes the habits a routine not something they do for convenience. Therefore, you will have to initiate the dos and don’ts like baby steps. One by one. You can start off with very general approaches. You can carry out activities on a weekly basis but maintain consistence. Slowly, the habits will stick and become a routine.
Be part of the change you want to see in your patient
This is a difficult one but if you love someone and would like to see them feel better, it should not be a problem. Diabetes is all about managing and it is managed better by change of lifestyle. If you tell the patient to go out and exercise while you seat back and play video games all day, they will not. If you keep asking the patient not to eat certain foods and you are the first person to pick them at the mall, it will not work. Make sure you sacrifice to eat what they eat and do what they are supposed to do.
Be in constant communication
Communication with the patient alone is not enough. You will need to know what the physician recommends, what the dietitian says, what the certified diabetes educator has released and any other relevant team. As said earlier, diabetic diagnosis can disorient an individual and coordination of basic information can become a problem. As diabetic caregivers, you will need to become the patient only that you do not have the diabetes. But you must know everything they should do.