If you are helping someone you love manage diabetes, you are a care partner. Why do we say care partners? Because care partner means that you’re in this together.
So, what does it mean to be a care partner? It can mean helping your loved one with daily needs such as:
It can also mean listening to your loved one when he or she needs emotional support and helping him or her cope with feelings. Sometimes, just having someone to talk to can be what people living with diabetes need most.
Follow these 4 steps for making a care plan.
Start small. Try making some simple, healthy food swaps, like eating brown rice instead of white.
Start your activity plan by following these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Talk to his or her doctor before getting started
Step 2: Help your loved one choose an activity. Start small, like going for a walk every day after dinner
Step 3: Set a goal and agree to meet that goal, together
Help your loved one put their treatment plan into action by tracking the medicines they’re on and the instructions they have for how to take them.
Help your loved one start a tracking routine by thinking of one thing they do every day that they can pair with checking their blood glucose, like making the morning coffee.
If you are one of the millions caring for someone with diabetes, you may be putting your own needs aside. But to take good care of others, you need to take good care of yourself.
How can being a care partner affect you?
As a care partner, you may think of yourself as “the healthy one.” But providing support for someone else can be hard on you. You may have trouble:
Just like your loved one has a care plan, you should also have one to take care of you. Here are some things you should consider when making your plan.
Follow these 5 steps to making a care partner plan.