If you’re caring for someone with diabetic macular edema, these tips and best practices will make it simpler and more fulfilling.
There’s more you can do for your loved one with DME than you might realize. Here are some ways you can help them continue to live a full, independent life:
Stop, look, listen
Keep in mind that a change in vision is stressful and life adjustments can be challenging. Just listening to your loved one’s concerns and fears can let them know they have your love and support.
Observe living spaces
To prevent accidents and injury, address any tripping hazards. For example, pick up any items on the floor and make sure the edges of any loose rugs are secured.
Clear the way
Space out furniture to ensure your loved one can easily maneuver in each room.
Enable with labels
Use white tape and a black marker (or self-adhesive labels with large print) to make meal prep, cooking and kitchen cleanup easier.
Make entryways easier to spot by painting door frames a color that clearly contrasts with the wall color.
Remember that a DME diagnosis for a loved one is stressful for you, too. So be sure to take care of yourself as you care for and support your loved one.
Prioritize your health
You can’t help others if you are depleted yourself. Make it a point to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, stay active, and set aside time for the things you love to do.
Have your own support system
Maybe that’s a friend, a spouse, or a group that understands and provides support and advice for caregivers like you.
Above all, ask for help from family, friends, support groups, and healthcare providers when you need it.