Home is the most comfortable place for most people. It is a place where you can put all your stress away and relax completely.
Each home is beautifully unique and nurtured with the love of people living in it. A basic foundation of having a secure home is ensuring that you make your home in such a way that all the members of your family are completely safe and comfortable always. To achieve this, the needs of all family members should be kept as a priority.
Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that requires a lot of changes in routine life. Even if one member in your family has diabetes, all efforts should be made to make the home completely friendly for that member to ensure safety and motivation each day.
Here we share 8 simple ways in which you can make your home diabetes-friendly
1. Keep all information handy -
Some of the ways that can help you to keep all this information handy are:
Write in a notebook
Make small sticky notes
Keep the medicines properly highlighted and separate
Note all the information in the phones
2. Regular blood sugar monitoring
Regular testing of blood sugar levels is important for people with diabetes to keep track of their blood sugar levels.
You can help your family member with diabetes by
Talking to themandmotivating them
Learning yourself how to do the test
Helping them maintain a notebook
Ensuring the availability of supplies at home
3. Managing meals -
You can manage diabetes-friendly healthy meals in many ways like:
All members should be informed
Promote healthy cooking
Cook fun healthy recipes
Serve all the food together, diabetes-friendly food
Avoid getting unhealthy foods that are particularly loved
Always keep some carbohydrate snacks handy
4. Help with alcohol habit
It is very important to know the limit of intake and the type of alcohol that suits the person with diabetes based on their condition.
For helping your family member, you can
Discuss with the doctor
Be aware of their permissible alcohol limit
Avoid too much alcohol drinking environment
5. Make the physical activity an enjoyable routine
Remaining physically active is an important part of keeping blood sugar levels in control. However, at times it may become a tedious task to exercise every day.
You can try some fun activities with your family member with diabetes to keep them active like:
Dancing, swimming, playing some sport of their interest.
Playing with small children.
Doing yoga together.
Going for a walk together.
6. Ensure good sleep
Good quality sleep is important to remain relaxed and to have blood sugar levels in control.
To ensure good quality sleep for your family member with diabetes, you can
Take care of their sleep hygiene.
Fix an approximate time for sleep
Maintain a stress-free environment
Ensure no loud noises
Keep the lights in their room dimmed
7. Prevent injuries and accidents by being safe -
A common problem associated with high blood sugar levels is delayed wound healing. In people with diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy), there is a loss of sensation, that makes the person unaware of any injuries or wounds. This may lead to callus, ulcers and other severe infections, especially in the feet.
In a diabetes-friendly home, it is important to
Keep the home uncluttered
Ensure there are no toys or objects scattered
8. Promote a completely smoke-free environment
Smoke can make it more difficult to maintain blood sugar levels.
If you want your family member with diabetes not to smoke, you can
Support them emotionally and motivate
Discuss the harmful effects of smoking
Identify the triggering factors for smoking like stress, peer pressure
Seek professional help and consume diabetic products
Adapting these points can not cause any harm to a non-diabetic person in any way; however, they can go a long way in helping a person with diabetes and promoting a healthy lifestyle for other family members also. This will help in improving the overall health of the family. So, try these ways and turn your home into a comfortable, diabetes-friendly abode!