Managing Diabetes in Older People

In our care home we treat several residents for diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetes is more common in older people and this is partly because old age can mean the body does not produce enough insulin or becomes increasingly insulin resistant, so cannot process sugars into glucose as effectively. However, we make sure all our residents have comprehensive treatment plans so that any health condition is managed affectively.

When a person moves into Swimbridge Nursing Home we put in place a care plan. This details the person’s health conditions with any support needs the resident has. We then map out how the care will be delivered.

For people who live with diabetes, their care plan at Swimbridge Nursing Home might include:

  • Diet management to ensure that the person has a healthy and balanced diet that is low in sugar and salt.We have excellent chefs at Swimbridge Nursing Home and a wide variety of chose for those with Diabetes.
  • Support to exercise, through 1:1 support and/or in group exercise activities with other care home residents or local groups. We have lots of activity groups that all residents can join in with.
  • A record of the medication they need to take, when and how it needs to be administered and support to take it. If the person needs insulin injections, these may be administered by a Registered Nurse.
  • A daily plan for regular blood glucose testing.
  • Support to attend medical appointments within the Nursing Home or for appointments with Doctors or at the hospital.
  • Care for diabetic ulcers (these may require nursing care).
  • Bariatric care.

At Swimbridge Nursing Home we pride ourselves on making sure all our residents have detailed care plans so we can manage all health conditions including diabetes.

This information is from www.carehome.co.uk . See https://www.carehome.co.uk/advice/managing-diabetes-in-older-people for more full article.

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