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Diabetes Home Care Guide

July 17, 2020

Diabetes is a common disease in which the body cannot adequately produce a hormone called insulin. This results in elevated glucose levels and an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. Diabetics must routinely measure their blood sugar and carefully manage their diets and medications. 

A personal care assistant or home health aide can be helpful in managing diabetes. 

When is Home Care for Diabetes Useful? 

A diabetic individual might benefit from home care if they are having difficulty managing their blood sugar testing or medications. They may also benefit from in-home assistance if they require help with other day-to-day tasks such as household chores.

Diabetes Home Care Management

Depending on the level of care required, a personal care assistant (PCA) or a home health aide can ease the burden of caring for oneself at home.

Home Care for Diabetics

PCA Services are a form of home care assistance that supports individuals living in Minnesota with non-medical, health-related needs and daily activities. The goal of home care services is to allow individuals the opportunity to live independently at their homes, rather than needing to move to a nursing facility. 

Personal care assistants (or PCAs) receive payment for providing non-medical care to individuals under this program. And many of these personal assistants can include family members and/or close friends of the recipient of care. 

Home care services center around helping a client or loved one perform daily activities, such as eating, toileting, grooming, bathing, and mobility. Other home care services may include long-term: 

  • Assistance with meal planning, money managing, and grocery shopping 
  • Help performing daily household chores, getting around the house and neighborhood, and participating in community events and activities
  • Support in performing health-related activities, such as range of motion exercises, seizure intervention, or ventilator suctioning

In Minnesota, you have the option of choosing your own caregiver, which may include a friend or family member. If a person with diabetes would like to hire a friend or family member to be their PCA, contact Best Care to help navigate through the process.

Home Healthcare for Diabetics

Similar to home care, home healthcare for diabetes takes place in a client’s home, but the type of services provided are typically performed short term (e.g. 2-4 weeks). Some other home health care services include:

  • Rehabilitation 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Supervised Administration of Medications
  • Monitoring of Medications
  • Pain management
  • Injections
  • Nursing

Choosing the Best Type of Home Care for a Diabetic

After taking the differences between home care and home healthcare into consideration, which is the better option for a person with diabetes? 

It all depends on the individual. If a few weeks of guided assistance, followed by self-management of one’s condition, is enough, hiring a home health aide on a limited basis could be the best choice. 

However, if the individual requires care beyond limited medical help, and could benefit from long-term support as described above, a PCA providing home care could be the best option. 

Connect with Best Care Today!

If you or a loved one is in need of PCA assistance, give us a call or send us a message! Best Care specializes in helping family caregivers get paid for taking care of their loved ones in need of support. 

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