As was stipulated in yesterday’s blog, Ketone tests are available at most pharmacies. The method available over the counter is by conducting urine tests. These are very simple for a senior to do, but in order to get the correct results, the urine has to be applied at just the right location. The directions must be followed exactly or the Ketone results could be incorrect. When a caretaker is shopping for the test, make certain to check the date that the test is good through to ensure that it is not outdated. If a test is in the home, before the senior conducts the test, make sure you check it, too, to make certain that it has not been lying around the home for too long. Once the test has been administered, record the results so that you can discuss them with your client’s doctor the next time you see them. For best results, the American Diabetes Association suggests the following method of proper urine testing:
- Have the senior urinate into a clean container.
- Place the strip in the urine sample.
- Gently shake off excess urine from the test strip.
- Wait for the strip to change colors. Directions will be included in the test strip packet to tell the caregiver just how long to wait to check the strip result.
- Compare the strip pad to the color chart on the strip bottle. This will tell you how many Ketones are in the client’s urine.
- Record the results.
In keeping with the goal of displaying that With Age Comes Respect, the more data you have, the healthier you can keep your client!