2021 June 07 / Andrew
Seniors with Diabetes: What’s On The Menu?
According to Diabetes Canada, one in three Canadians are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Research shows that for those in the 65+ age bracket, the prevalence of this disease is even higher. The overall health of seniors with diabetes can be impacted by many variables that our staff needs to consider. Many of our residents at Chateau Glengarry live with this condition, and we aim to consistently provide the best care to prevent, control, and manage diabetes. What’s our approach? Read on to find out.
Meeting Dietary Needs
Every one of our seniors with diabetes has dietary needs and we plan our menu to meet these. We make sure they are receiving sufficient proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. To make the food more appealing, we like to incorporate as much seasonal fresh harvest from our local producers as possible. And we either limit or avoid food we know can trigger a rise in blood sugar levels.
For seniors with diabetes—especially type 2 diabetes—regular exercise plays an important role in managing their condition and lowering their blood sugar levels. Our staff leads regular activities to encourage our residents to keep moving and stay healthy. They are also happy to provide safe supervision for people who prefer to workout in our exercise room or enjoy a stroll in our outdoor park.
Recently, one of our residents joined us after suffering a fall at home. She chose Chateau Glengarry because was looking for peace of mind, independent living, and a community of caring people who could help her manage her diabetes.
We pride ourselves on staying abreast of new research and technologies that can help our residents. With this lovely lady, we introduced her to a new, innovative sensor and glucometer called the FreeStyle Libre that allowed her to avoid the constant finger-pricking she previously underwent to check her blood sugar levels. As most of you know, monitoring the B/S is crucial to optimizing a person’s insulin levels. Along with this new tool, and regular and balanced meals, we were able to work with this lovely lady to stabilize her B/S. As a result, she has more freedom to relax and enjoy her new home.
If you or your loved one is living with diabetes and considering moving to an independent living facility like ours, be sure to ask questions related to diabetes-specific care. After all, quality of life, comfort, and top-notch care is the priority, isn’t it? We think so!
Chateau Glengarry offers relaxed, safe, and comfortable retirement living and respite care in a beautiful rural setting in Eastern Ontario. For more information or to book a tour, call us at 613-524-4440 or fill out our contact form.