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Tips for Helping Your Senior Cope with Diabetic Eye Disease

By Denise Roskamp

Diabetic eye disease can be one of the most challenging effects of diabetes. A leading cause of vision loss and blindness, these diseases can cause a variety of difficulties for your parent, including diminished mental and emotional health, and decreased independence. As their family caregiver, you can take steps to help them cope with this disease and support better mental and emotional health, as well as higher functioning, throughout their later years.

Use these tips to help your parent cope with diabetic eye disease:

Acknowledge what they are going through. This will help to relieve the stress that seniors often feel when they think that they are being “dramatic” and encourage them to be more honest with you about what they are experiencing.
Pay close attention to their symptoms and challenges. Know that they might not be as aware of these issues and could experiencing difficulties as a result. Recognizing challenges as they increase helps you to ensure your parent gets the care that they need.
Evaluate your parent’s home and make changes that will help to protect their safety, including removing obstacles, increasing light, and making changes in terrain, such as steps and thresholds, more obvious to reduce the risk of slipping, tripping, and falling.
Encourage them to concentrate on managing their diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol to protect their body, including their eyes.

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 as 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.

https://www.aao.org/eye-disease-statistics
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/basics/definition/con-20023311?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=abstract&utm_content=Diabetic-retinopathy&utm_campaign=Knowledge-panel
https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN WELLESLEY, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.