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Managing diabetes for seniors

Written by Freya Griffin, Communications Partner with integratedliving
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“I am very thankful for what integratedliving has done for me. I was shocked when I was diagnosed. The ladies who ran the program were so helpful and caring. I just can’t thank them enough,” said Cheree.

Diabetes and foot health typically go hand-in-hand. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can reduce blood flow in your feet, leading to problems with cuts and sores healing. At integratedliving, we offer our clients Foot and Diabetes Wellness Programs to enhance knowledge and offer proactive lifestyle changes to teach clients how to manage their diabetic condition effectively through diet, nutrition and foot care.

Led by our Registered Nurses, we support clients to recognise the lifestyle factors that can affect diabetes as we age and provide essential information on how to recognise diabetes-related foot conditions.

“We teach clients ways on how they can adjust their diet through nutritional education. This assists them with managing their health effectively so they can stay well and on their feet,” said Registered Nurse, Christine Crockett.

Diabetes Australia reports 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experiences stigma and mental health challenges in association with their condition in the last 12 months. Stigma includes being blamed for their condition, the perception of managing diabetes including injecting insulin in public places, and the affects experienced when low blood sugar occurs. integratedliving Australia’s Foot and Diabetes Wellness Program is designed to boost confidence in managing diabetes.

“We acknowledge that COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s routines. We are pleased to offer Telehealth Services in available regions where our Registered Nurses can continue to assist our clients during times where regions are in temporary lockdown or reduced in-person services,” - Christine Crockett.

Remaining connected can also assist with maintaining routines. integratedliving’s Wellness and Activity Centres offer a vast array of social options for clients, alongside virtual alternatives such as Arts and Craft, Games and Trivia, Armchair Travel or In the Kitchen.

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