Home Care for Diabetes

 
What is non-insulin dependent diabetes?
Non-insulin dependent diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. With Type II diabetes, your body makes insulin but cannot use the insulin it makes, Insulin is necessary for proper metabolism of digested food. This leads to elevated blood sugars. Some people may need insulin injections or oral medications to lower their blood sugar.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes:
Type II symptoms can be easily overlooked. They may include: fatigue, very tired, increased appetite, skin infections, slow healing wounds, unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, dry itchy skin and recurrent vaginitis.
   
High Blood Sugar Low Blood sugar
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremors
  • Pale, moist skin
  • Hunger
  • Impaired vision

REPORT
For blood sugar greater than 300 or less than 60 notify physician unless otherwise specified.

For low blood sugar, eat some form of glucose or carbohydrate and notify physician if symptoms persist.

Management of Diabetes

  • Follow prescribed/sensible diet
  • Monitor blood sugars
  • Maintain ideal weight
  • Exercise regularly per doctors order
  • Treat infections promptly
  • Avoid nicotine
  • Carry source of sugar at all times

TEACH

  • Teach patient/caregiver about hypoglycemic agent, including action and dosage.
  • Teach patient/caregiver signs & symptoms of hypo, hyperglycemia and report to physician.
  • Teach patient/caregiver about disease process of Diabetes
  • Teach patient/caregiver to manage illness

Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence and wellbeing. By providing the appropriate education and skilled services, patients are able to safely remain in their homes once home health is no longer required.

Home care is appropriate for:

  • Recent hospitalization
  • Diagnosis or recent onset of disease
  • Recent initiation of insulin therapy or oral therapy
  • Recent initiation of glucose monitoring device
  • Diabetic requiring adjusted dietary management
  • Manifestations of symptomatology indicative of complications: polyuria, weight loss, drowsiness, visual disturbance, skin infections, pruritus, UTI.
  • Diabetic requiring medication adjustments.
  • Significant glycosuria.
  • Recent hospitalization
  • Frequent trips to the emergency room (three or more per six months), indicates a need for skilled nursing to educate the patient about disease process and management.
  • Labs HgbA,C
  • Wound Care
     

What can home health care do to assist patients with Diabetes:

  • Observation and assessment
  • Weight monitoring
  • Management and evaluation
  • Safety education
  • Energy conservation
  • Compensatory techniques
  • Medication education
  • Assistance with ADLís
  • Fluid intake education
  • Transfer techniques
  • Diuretic therapy
  • Ambulation techniques
  • Electrolyte replacement
  • Physical therapy
  • Disease process education
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cardiac assessment
  • Speech therapy
 
 
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Offices Located in:
Terrell
214 W. Moore Ave.
Terrell, TX 75160
972-524-5800
972-524-9200 fax
1-866-290-4USA
Mesquite
2944 Motley, Suite 410
Mesquite, TX 75150
972-686-6447
972-686-6485 fax
1-866-295-4USA
Rockwall
500 Turtle Cove Blvd., Suite 150
Rockwall, TX 75087
972-771-4500
972-771-4288 fax
1-866-257-4USA
Emory
600 East Lennon, Suite 130
Emory, TX 75440
903-473-4401
903-473-4403 fax
1-866-900-4USA
     
American Home Hospice
216 W. Moore Ave
Terrell, TX 751260
972-524-3800
Associated Medical Equipment
211 W. Moore Ave
Terrell, Texas 75160
972-524-6800
 
 
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