People with diabetes should receive care that promotes the highest quality of life, regardless of the setting. They have a right to timely, affordable and ongoing diabetes education and comprehensive treatment services provided with seamless coordination by a diabetes health-care team and other specialists, as specified in Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada and Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada.
A resident living with diabetes in a nursing home/long term care facility, group home, hospital or correctional facility requires the same care recommended to other Canadians living with diabetes.
Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada provides comprehensive, evidenced-based recommendations for health-care professionals and anyone caring for people with diabetes. Guidelines address issues applicable to caring for individuals living with diabetes in institutional settings, including:
- targets for glycemic control
- in-hospital management of diabetes
- nutrition therapy
- weight management in diabetes
- diabetes and mental health
- diabetes in the elderly
- foot care
People working in institutional settings who would like more information on how they can support the people in their care can register in a local diabetes education program.
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