High-Tech Ways to Care for a Loved One with Diabetes

By Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

February 17, 2016

Senior Care Pittsburgh PA

senior care in pittsburgh paWhen you are caring for a senior loved one with diabetes, you may have a million thoughts circulating in your brain at once.  Your loved one’s blood sugar, diet, mood, and physical activity are the daily concerns that are a part of caring for a loved one with diabetes.  Thanks to today’s technology, however, managing diabetes has never been easier due to some high-tech solutions.  If you have found yourself struggling to help your loved one manage their diabetes, maybe one of these high-tech solutions can help!
Blood Sugar and Nutrition Tracking Apps
Keeping a food journal is a great way for many sufferers of type 2 diabetes to stay in control of what they eat so that their blood sugar stays at a healthy level.  For elderly adults, caregivers often have the responsibility of doing this task which can often feel overwhelming or difficult to do properly.  Fortunately, there are some excellent smartphone/tablet apps that can help make this tracking much easier and some are even specifically designed for managing diabetes.  These apps may also feature tools that can help you record and keep track of your loved one’s blood sugar levels.
Fitness Trackers
Fitness trackers that can be clipped to a belt or worn as a wristband are trending among people who are actively dieting or striving to reach athletic goals, but they can also be great tools for those with diabetes.  When your loved one wears a fitness tracker, making sure that they get the amount of physical activity they need is simple and easy.
Continuous Glucose Monitors
Continuous Glucose Monitors, or CGMs, can automatically test your loved one’s blood sugar throughout the day and then send the results wirelessly to a small portable monitor that you can carry with you or even straight to their doctor’s office.  The CGM is comfortably worn as a patch on the skin.  The results can help your loved one’s doctor to discover patterns in blood sugar levels and help you find solutions to help keep your loved one’s blood sugar under control.
Reminder Apps
With a reminder app on your phone or tablet, you can get reminders to check your loved one’s blood sugar, administer medications, attend a doctor’s appointment, and more.  The life of a caregiver is busy and hectic, so reminder apps are great tools to help you stay on track.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home senior care in Pittsburgh PA, please contact the caring staff at Liken Home Care. Serving Western Pennsylvania, Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/condition-15/diabetes/gadgets?page=1