Every day, VNA of Care New England cares for adult patients with a variety of illnesses., including diabetes as a primary or secondary diagnosis to another illness. Learning how to self-manages diabetes at home is important and home health nurses advise patients on how to monitor their blood glucose, give insulin and understand their condition.
Understanding how different foods impact glucose levels is one of the keys to successfully managing diabetes at home. Dieticians are available to help patients make good food choices at home.
Comprehensive rehabilitation is available to patients and is provided by physical and occupational therapists who work with them to provide both general conditioning programs and specialized programs depending on other physical factors, such as cardiac condition.
Some diabetic patients may have a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. For these patients, anodyne therapy is available in addition to physical therapy. This special type of light therapy is used to help relieve the symptoms of pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and circulation irregularities. This form of treatment is usually given in addition to physical therapy. It works by relieving pain and/or increasing circulation in the area where the patient is experiencing pain and is available in the home.
Decrease the Risk for Falls at Home
While it is well known that older adults are significant risks for falls, having diabetes may increase this risk.Falls and fall-related injuries are more common than strokes and can lead to problems with daily activities such as dressing, bathing and walking around. VNA of Care New England can help to reduce the risk for falls at home.
Complications of diabetes, such as loss of vision or loss of feeling in the feet may contribute to falls as well as when blood sugar falls too low.VNA of Care New England's rehabilitation department works with adult patients to decrease their risk for falls through The Steady Strides Falls Prevention Program, a personalized program designed to reduce the number of falls and falls related injuries for older adults.
Also, Lifeline® may provide piece of mind for patients living alone.Should a fall occur, help is just the push of a button away. This potentially life-saving technology provides around the clock monitoring.Talk with your doctor to find out if you might be eligible for home health care services.
Talk with your doctor to find out if you might be eligible for home health care services.
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