When Hospice Isn’t Enough

When Hospice Isn’t Enough

We want to help your loved one live life to its fullest, which includes helping to manage certain conditions to help avoid debilitating complications.

The following ABCs are important measurements for diabetes management, as well as pre-diabetes and heart disease. These three measurements will help your loved one’s doctor make helpful diet and lifestyle recommendations, and our CAREGivers will work with you and your loved one to help ensure those recommendations are met.

A is for the A1C test, an estimate of blood sugar levels over the past three months. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) generally recommends that people with diabetes aim for an A1C level of less than 7 percent.

A1C test results help doctors make recommendations such as diet changes to help manage the diabetes. We put together this Nutrition for Seniors workbook (PDF 411 KB) for practical tips and food lists to help your senior loved one eat right.

B is for blood pressure, which ideally should measure 130/80 mmHg or less, the ADA advises. According to a study published in the February 2013 issue of Diabetes Care that measured how well these ABCs were met, only half of the people with diabetes involved in the study were being treated for their blood pressure. That means half were not being treated.

Be sure to talk to your loved one’s doctor about blood pressure treatments and let our CAREGivers help you take a proactive approach to controlling your loved one’s blood pressure.

C is for cholesterol, specifically LDL (bad) cholesterol. The ADA advises LDL levels should be below 100 mg/dL. According to the study published in Diabetes Care, only half of the study participants with diabetes were on statins to lower cholesterol-a percentage that should be much larger according to some doctors.

Talk to your doctor about your loved one’s cholesterol levels and the best treatments for his or her unique situation. The FDA recently issued new safety cautions for statin use, so be sure to discuss that with a doctor as well.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
Please call 905-521-5500.

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