Diabetic eye disease is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among aging adults. The most common of these diseases is diabetic retinopathy, which causes as much as 15 percent of blindness among elderly adults. As a family caregiver, it is important that you not only understand this disease but that you take steps to reduce this risk and help your parent prevent this disease. While you cannot absolutely prevent this disease, there are things that you can do to help reduce the chances that your parent will develop the disease, and reduce the severity if it does develop.
Use these tips to help your parent reduce the risk that they will develop diabetic eye disease:
• Ensure that they are managing their diabetes properly, including remaining compliant with their medications and treatments
• Encourage them to monitor their blood sugar and keep it well-controlled as much as possible
• Take steps to keep your parent’s blood pressure under control, especially if they have been suffering from high blood pressure
• Take steps to keep your parent’s cholesterol under control, especially if they have been suffering from high cholesterol
• Ensure that your aging parent does not smoke. If they use tobacco products of any kind, encourage them to quit immediately
• Take note of any vision changes that they experience and bring them to the attention of their eye doctor
Can elderly care services help?
Starting senior care for your elderly loved one can be an exceptional way to boost their quality of life and preserve it throughout the rest of their later years. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a customized schedule that ensures they have continuous access to the care, assistance, and support that they need while also keeping you at the center of their care management.
The highly personalized services of a senior care provider are designed specifically to address your elderly parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, while also supporting a lifestyle that is independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. When they are suffering from a particular health condition, knowing this care provider is with your senior can give you a tremendous peace of mind, reassuring you that your parent will receive reminders to stay compliant with their medications and treatments, encouragement to cope with related challenges, and companionship to support their mental and emotional health as well.
Are you or a loved one considering elderly care in Salt Lake City, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home.
Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)
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