Two of the biggest issues you’ll face when your mom has Alzheimer’s are daily medications and diet. She won’t remember to take medications without being reminded. She may be in the kitchen or bathroom, see her pills and not realize she’s taken them. If you’re not careful, she may take a second, third, or even fourth dosage.
Whiteboards and pill dispensers may help for a while. As she forgets how to read or what day it is, the medications have to get locked away.
Diet is another issue. She will lose the cues that dictate when she’s hungry and when she’s not. She may refuse to eat foods she used to love. You soon find that she won’t eat anything but French bread, pea soup, bananas, and yogurts sweetened with sugar and fruit.
If your mom has Alzheimer’s and is diagnosed with diabetes as well, it can be very hard to navigate. She prefers sugary foods, which are not good choices. She forgets how or when to check her blood sugar levels. She cannot understand why she has to have shots of insulin. In fact, she doesn’t even remember she has diabetes, so the treatments frighten her each and every time.
Track and Share Blood Sugar Readings, Insulin Doses, and Diet.
Managing diabetes requires constant attention to symptoms of blood sugar levels that are too high or too low. Your mom may not be able to tell you when that happens. She might not be able to tell you she’s very thirsty, feeling lightheaded, or having problems with her vision.
Family caregivers have to keep a diary of testing times and readings, insulin injections, and what’s been consumed. You must keep up with this. If there are multiple caregivers, this information must be shared with everyone. Online programs and apps like Carezone can help.
Don’t Be Ashamed if You Need Help.
Don’t be ashamed to admit you can’t handle this amount of care. If you need a senior care professional to come in and assist you with your mom’s care, hire one. Skilled nursing care can help you administer tests and insulin injections, caregivers can reduce your load by taking over meal preparation and housework.
Make sure you have the support you need. Call us to discuss the ways caregivers can help you provide the best care for your mom. All it takes is a phone call to learn more about the ways caregivers help with diabetes and Alzheimer’s care.