If your client’s doctor recommends an insulin regimen and you will oversee their tight diabetes control for them, you need to feel adept and know what questions to ask their health care team. A health care team may consist of your client’s doctor, a dietitian, their diabetes educator and various other health care professionals.
Knowing what to ask and when to ask it is very important. If you are going to help, you need to spend as much time with this team and with your client as possible learning the ins and outs of tight diabetic control and the causes and effects of too much or too little insulin in their body.
You will not be the be-all-end-all decision maker when it comes to deciding how much insulin your client needs to take and when. The guidelines for this will be established by the health care team.
Your job will be to get your client to eat well and to exercise regularly (which may just pose a challenge on both fronts!). Getting your client into a healthy cycle of living will most likely take a good deal of time, but it will certainly be worth your efforts in the end!
Tight control is not just a fly-by-night decision that you or your client should make about their health. It is a very serious decision and should be treated as such. Both you and your client should feel that the health care team has their best intentions in mind; staying in touch should not be an effort but a routine. The more receptive the team, the better both you and your client will feel about the tight control decision you are striving for.
Tight Control is a big decision and a large commitment for both you and your elderly client to attempt. When you do help your client to this type of extreme, it is just proving yet again that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.