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Home Healthcare for Diabetes Management
According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.9% of Americans age 65 and older had diabetes in 2014. Home healthcare can help senior patients with diabetes live independently as long as possible while safely managing their diabetic care. The wide range of services provided with home health can often delay the need for long-term nursing home care.
Specialized home health diabetes care is provided by Cuidado Casero’s licensed nurses, therapists, and home health aides. The highly trained home health team can assist with instructing patients and families on monitoring blood glucose levels, dietary counseling, medication instruction, treatment of feet, skin, and circulatory issues, and assessment for need of occupational therapy.
One in every six people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime (International Diabetes Foundation 2005). A diabetes foot ulcer is an open wound that occurs in patients with diabetes, typically located on the plantar of the foot. The ulcer is caused by multiple factors such as; lack of feeling in the foot (neuropathy), poor circulation, foot deformities, friction or pressure and trauma. Also, vascular diseases can complicate a foot ulcer decreasing the body’s ability to heal and increasing the risk for infection. Abnormal levels in blood glucose can reduce the body’s ability to fight off a potential infection and also delayed the healing process.
Cuidado Casero’s home health nurses are specially trained in diabetic wound management. important factors to keep ulcers from becoming infected are to maintain blood glucose level under control, clean the ulcer daily and keep bandaged, never walking barefoot.
Preventative measures can be taken to keep diabetic foot ulcers from forming, such as keeping blood glucose at a normal level, always using shoes to prevent trauma, and keeping skin moisturized with a product such as Happy Feet & Body Formula to prevent infection.
To learn more about Cuidado Casero’s home healthcare and diabetes management services, contact (866) 669-CARE.