Traveling With a Loved One With Diabetes

Aug 25, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elderly Care in Durham NC  //  Comments Off

Elderly Care in Durham NC

If you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one with type 2 diabetes, you know the importance of taking medications as directed and sticking to a healthy eating plan. Oftentimes, your loved one’s routine can get disrupted by traveling which can make it harder to stay on track with their medication schedule and eating routine. Fortunately, with a little preparedness, you and your loved one can still enjoy traveling and your loved one can stay healthy along the way, as well. Packing for aElderly-Care-in-Durham-NC loved one with diabetes may require extra steps, but they can prevent health emergencies when away from home. If you are planning a trip with an elderly loved one with diabetes, here are a few things to add to your packing list:



Taking vacation does not mean your loved one can take a vacation from their medications! They must still be taken as directed at the proper times of day. Bring along your loved one’s medication as well as some extra just in case any gets lost or you end up traveling for an extra day.


Cold Packs and an Insulated Cooler

A cooler or insulated bag filled with cold packs is a great place to store any medications that require refrigeration. This is great if there will be some time before you and your loved one have access to a refrigerator.


Medical Supplies

It is important for you and your loved one to bring along all of the medical supplies that are necessary to use for checking your loved one’s blood sugar levels. It is a great idea to also bring extras just in case any get lost or your trip lasts longer than planned.


Emergency Information

A card that details information about your loved one’s diabetes or other medical conditions is great for them to carry with them on their person in the event of an emergency. On the card include their doctor’s name, location, and phone number as well as a list of their medications, medical diagnoses, and names and phone numbers of close family members that should be contacted in an emergency.



Skipping meals can have negative consequences for those with diabetes. Oftentimes traveling can disrupt your loved one’s normal eating schedule so it is a good idea to bring some healthy snacks along on your trip. Try bringing along fresh fruits and vegetables in plastic bags or trail mix.


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Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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