Education And Peer Support For Grandparents

If your grandchild has diabetes, you have an important job. Only mom and dad play a more significant emotional role than grandparents in many childrens’ lives.

Recently, Rosanne LeComte-Holtzman, RN, of the Winthrop University Hospital/Diabetes Education Center in Mineola, N.Y., led an education program for grandparents of insulin-dependent children under age six. Grandparents were given the chance to develop peer support while learning about how to monitor blood glucose, inject insulin, and manage nutritional needs. They also learned about hypoglycemia, glucagon, hyperglycemia, and ketones.

Interestingly, 67% of the participants were maternal grandparents, and 25% had received their previous diabetes education from their daughters. None of the grandparents had done any overnight babysitting of their diabetic grandchildren, though 50% had provided daytime care. In the three-month follow-up, researchers learned that none of the participants had “graduated” to nighttime babysitting. Reasons for this included geographic distance and parental fear of allowing others to care for their diabetic children overnight.

However, most of the participants enjoyed the learning experience and felt empowered by their new knowledge. They “expressed comfort in assuming care of their grandchild in an emergency and benefited from peer support with other grandparents.”

This information was presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting and Educational Program of the AADE in Boston, August 1995.

Comments

comments

This post authored by
Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer
The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.