Every care home in England should screen for diabetes to help detect the “masses” of undiagnosed residents with the condition, according to a set of wide-sweeping recommendations.
The call comes on the back of the full publication today of the first-ever, England-wide Care Home Diabetes Audit, with social care managers and NHS professionals also urged to improve lines of communication.
The recommendations are a follow up to the initial results of the study, led by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) and the ABCD (Association of British Clinical Diabetologists), which were published last autumn.
Professor Alan Sinclair, audit lead and Director of IDOP, which is based at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “We know there are masses of people with diabetes in care homes who are undiagnosed. The longer it takes them to become diagnosed, the more their health will suffer, leading to the potential of the development of unseen complications. Screening for diabetes should be a fundamental policy for every care home.”
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