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Caring for a Loved One with Diabetic Neuropathy

Home Care in Cinnaminson NJ

Home Care in Cinnaminson NJNeuropathy is one of the many complications that can arise from diabetes. High blood sugar can eventually, if left unchecked, damage the body’s nerve fibers. This interferes with the nerve’s ability to transmit signals. The resulting neuropathy can affect almost any area of the body and is often specific to the limbs.

How Nerve Damage Affects the Body

This complication of diabetes often affects the feet, hands, arms and legs, leading to pain, tingling or numbness in the affected area. Neuropathy affects 60 to 70 percent of those people with diabetes. The chance of occurrence increases the longer one has diabetes, and its symptoms can range from debilitating to hardly noticeable.

Nerve damage that affects the urinary tract can lead to incontinence or infection. If damage to the nerves that control circulation occurs, the body may be unable to adjust blood pressure leading to sharp drops that result in extreme dizziness. If nerves of the digestive system have been damaged, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea may ensue.

The Good News

Managing diabetes as soon as it is diagnosed can limit many of the complications associated with high blood sugar levels. This includes changing one’s lifestyle, incorporating both a diabetic-friendly diet and an exercise program. In many cases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and too much weight are additional imbalances that put added stress on the body. These can also be addressed by making positive lifestyle changes. It’s also important to quit smoking and limit alcohol intake in order to achieve maximum wellness results. Make sure your loved one always has a glass of water by their side to ward of dehydration and promote a peaceful environment that limits stress and tension.

Home Care Provider

Managing diabetes can become a full time job. If you find you need help with the everyday activities, consider the aid of a home care provider. These professionals can do the grocery shopping and run other errands, prepare diabetic-friendly meals, accompany your parent on daily walks or to exercise classes, and provide transportation to appointments and social outings. In essence, they provide the companionship that seniors need to live a fulfilling life. Many times home care providers become close confidants who can provide the support your loved one needs when symptoms arise or one day is a little more difficult to bare than the next.

Resources

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/nerve-damage-diabetic-neuropathies

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Cinnaminson, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.

Patti Maltese and Kelly McCabe

Founders, and Co-Owners at TLC Home Care Services
Patti is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She has previously staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and currently maintains her CHHA license to date. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and has performed in “Dancing with The Cherry Hill Stars” fundraiser for education.

Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.