Monitoring blood sugar, getting in daily exercise, making sure you’re eating a balanced diet – when it comes to diabetes management, there are a lot of factors to consider. Because diabetes care requires such constant and consistent management in order to stay in good health, diabetic burnout is a very real issue that many diabetics face. However, there are ways to alleviate the stress of care and remain hopeful and healthy:
- 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 is also an excellent resource for diabetic care support and encouragement.
The dedicated caregivers at A-Abiding Care provide help for seniors with diabetes, allowing them to maintain their daily care routines, plan and prepare healthy, diabetes-friendly meals, and provide encouragement along the way. Contact us for more information on our Chicago home care services and how we can provide careful and consistent in-home diabetic care management and customized options for varying home care needs.