Supporting residents with diabetes
We tailor specialist care for residents with diabetes. A difficult condition to detect, diabetes affects around 1 in 7 older people and the older we get, the more likely people are to suffer from it. By 2025 it is estimated that more than 4 million people will have diabetes in the UK. This is why we take diabetes very seriously in our homes and we offer a free diabetes screening to all new residents.
We also train our care team so they are better informed about the condition and we have a dedicated diabetes champion in the home, who has undertaken specific training and can work with our residents and their families to tailor an individual care plan to support and monitor the condition.
- Diabetes screening shortly following arrival at the home. Residents with diabetes are supported to attend the local diabetic clinic to enable accurate monitoring and maintain wellbeing. There are six-monthly screenings or more as directed by the GP.
- A dedicated diabetes champion within the home, who has undergone specialist training to be able to cater to the needs of those living with the condition. Regular visits from a podiatrist – diabetes can lead to poor circulation and so a foot care service that can be available in the home is essential.
- A healthy diet. We provide freshly cooked and nutritionally balanced food. Choices available regularly include grilled foods, low fat spreads, unsweetened juices and granary bread.
- Grazing opportunities. We recognise the need for those with diabetes to eat little and often and we support this with the opportunity for them to graze on healthy snacks at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Healthy activities. Our events and activity plan is varied and residents are encouraged to exercise and get out and about regularly. This helps to strengthen muscles and maintain mobility, improving the control of blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.