The Benefits of Diabetic Care for Seniors in Assisted Living Communities

How Living in an Assisted Living Community Can Benefit Seniors With Diabetes

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Managing diabetes is no small feat for many individuals – it requires constant attention, discipline, and a multifaceted approach to maintain optimal health and well-being.

Controlling medication dosages and administration and regular blood sugar monitoring which includes pricking fingers, tracking numbers, and interpreting the results can be overwhelming, especially for older adults. Balancing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats while finding suitable activities, adhering to routines, and adapting to physical limitations can also be challenging.

Fortunately, living in an assisted living community can help you navigate these challenges and provide essential support to make this journey more manageable. Here’s how seniors with diabetes can benefit from living in an assisted living community.

Customized Plans

When it comes to managing diabetes, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work. Each individual with diabetes has unique needs, and their care needs can vary significantly. Some may require specific medication regimens, while others may rely on dietary adjustments or regular exercise.

The team at the Arbor Trace assisted living community takes into account these individual requirements to create a customized plan that caters to residents’ needs. We begin with a thorough assessment of each resident, including gathering information about their medical history, current health status, medication regimen, dietary preferences, and any specific challenges they may face due to diabetes. This holistic approach helps us understand the individual’s needs and create a customized plan.

Highly Trained Staff

Managing diabetes often involves taking multiple medications, each with its own set of instructions. One of the benefits of living in an assisted living community for seniors with diabetes like Arbor Trace is that we have a highly trained staff that can assist residents with medication management. This can be particularly helpful for residents living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia who might often forget to track their blood sugar or take medications correctly.

We ensure that medications (such as insulin injections or oral medications) are taken as prescribed and on time, track blood glucose levels, and communicate any concerns to healthcare providers or family members promptly to prevent further complications.

Nutritious Meals

Proper nutrition plays a significant role in diabetes management. Another benefit of our assisted living community for seniors with diabetes is that we employ dietitians and nutritionists who work closely with residents to create personalized meal plans. Our meal menus take into account dietary restrictions, preferences, and blood sugar goals and are carefully designed to include:

  • Complex carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods, like whole grains, vegetables, and legumes,
  • Lean sources of protein, such as skinless poultry, fish, tofu, and legumes,
  • Healthy fats, like those found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil, and
  • Desserts and snacks with reduced sugar content or sugar-free options.

 

We also educate our residents about making healthy food choices and portion control, while still being able to enjoy balanced and delicious meals that are also diabetes-friendly.

Fitness and Wellness Programs

Engaging in regular physical activity helps individuals with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels more effectively. Exercise allows the body to use glucose for energy, which can lead to improved insulin sensitivity and reduced need for medication. As a result, you will have better blood sugar control, minimizing the risk of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Physical activity also aids in burning calories and building lean muscle mass, helping you maintain a healthy body weight.

Our assisted living facility offers a variety of physical activity programs tailored to residents’ abilities and interests. These programs can include everything from gentle chair exercises to guided walks, ensuring that residents have access to safe and appropriate options that promote physical health.

Access to Medical Care

Beyond diabetes-specific care, our assisted living community conducts routine health assessments, including regular check-ups, monitoring of blood glucose levels, weight, vital signs, and any other signs of complications related to diabetes, such as foot ulcers or skin issues. This assessment helps us track progress, identify potential problems on time, and take preventive measures to ensure optimal health and well-being of our residents.

At Arbor Trace memory care & assisted living community, we help residents manage their diabetes by creating meal menus that not only meet their dietary needs but also satisfy their taste buds. By prioritizing physical activity, we empower residents to lead healthier and more active lifestyles while effectively managing their diabetes.
In our assisted living community, you can be confident that your loved one will receive a customized care plan that aligns with their dietary preferences, restrictions, medication management, and level of physical fitness and ability.

Contact our team at Arbor Trace assisted living community to schedule a tour and learn more about how you can benefit from living in our assisted living community.

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