Diabetes Management

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Diabetes Management from Assisting Hands Home Care Wilmington

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how the body turns food into energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report. This report estimates that more than 130 million adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes in the United States.

Diabetes

  • Total: 37.3 million people have diabetes (11.3% of the US population)
  • Diagnosed: 28.7 million people, including 28.5 million adults
  • Undiagnosed: 8.5 million people (23.0% of adults are undiagnosed)

Prediabetes

  • Total: 96 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (38.0% of the adult US population)
  • 65 years or older: 26.4 million people aged 65 years or older (48.8%) have prediabetes

Diabetes can often lead to other chronic diseases. So it’s important to maintain proper management of diabetes, and Assisting Hands Home Care Wilmington can help.

Companionship & Support

Our Diabetes Management program can help your loved one with everything needed EXCEPT the actual injection. Here’s what we can do:

  • Ensure there’s sufficient insulin available
  • Contact the pharmacy when supplies are low
  • Ensure insulin is kept in the fridge, except for insulin that’s to be used
  • Shake insulin if needed to ensure it’s well mixed
  • Measure the glucose level

  • Using a non-stick device (e.g. FreeStyle Libre)
  • Perform the traditional finger prick method
  • Prepare the lancet setting
  • Attach a new, clean lancet
  • Wipe the finger with an alcohol wipe
  • Suggest the area for the finger prick, ensuring the location is rotated
  • Assist the patient, if necessary, in the actual finger prick
  • Read the glucose measurement
  • Dispose of the lancet in a sharps container
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  • Review the glucose level with the endocrinologist-provided chart to determine the glucose amount required
  • Document the glucose reading
  • Prepare the insulin pen
  • Remove if necessary, then add a new clean needle
  • Remove the safety cap
  • Remove air bubbles by preparing an air shot
  • Dial the correct amount of insulin
  • Identify the proper area for the injection
  • Wipe the area with an alcohol wipe
  • Suggest the area ensuring the location is rotated
  • Hand the pen to the client
  • CLIENT MUST BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE INJECTION THEMSELVES
  • Dispose of Needle
  • Remove the needle from the insulin pen
  • Dispose of needle in the sharps container
  • NOTE: CLIENTS MUST BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE INJECTION THEMSELVES.
  • If your loved one can still do the actual injection, we can help with all other diabetes-related tasks. We can also provide transportation when needed to go to the endocrinologist.

    Companionship & Support

    Contact Us

    We can also provide many other services. For more answers to your questions, please give us a call directly at (781) 730-6972 and we’ll be happy to help!

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