Diabetes management in care homes: steps in the right direction?

E. Sloan, S. Bellary

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Aims: Previous research has identified several inadequacies in management of diabetes within care homes many of which were highlighted in Diabetes UK’s report Diabetes in care homes:awareness, screening, training. The aim of this study was to see if this was still the case and to identify specific areas for improvement.
Methods: Thirty care homes in Birmingham were invited to participate in the study. Data were collected using a standard questionnaire based on the Diabetes UK national survey of care homes comprising questions relating to screening, self-management, care planning and local authority support. All returned responses were analysed.
Results: Responses were received from 20 of the 30 care homes approached. The mean percentage of residents with diabetes in the care homes sampled was 13.7%. None of the homes screened for diabetes on admission and only 5% screened residents annually.80% of homes acknowledged providing diabetes-specific training to staff. Residents in 95% of homes had a medical review in the last 12 months: 70% with a GP, 20% with a diabetes specialist nurse/nurse. 65% of homes provided support for self-management.45% of care homes did not have individualised care plans for residents with diabetes. 35% of managers reported poor support and guidance from their local authority.Conclusions: Improvements were noted in the care provided to individuals with diabetes living in care homes in Birmingham. Aspects relating to screening, individualised care plans and support to care home staff still need attention.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP455
Pages (from-to)164
Number of pages1
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue numbers1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014
EventDiabetes UK Professional Conference 2014 - Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Mar 20147 Mar 2014

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Special Issue: Abstacts of the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2014, Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool, UK, 5–7 March 2014


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