Managing diabetes using AutumnCare's Care Planning and eMAR software
Diabetes is a medical condition where someone's blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high.
This happens when:
- The pancreas doesn't produce any insulin at all, known as Type 1 diabetes, OR
- The body does not produce effective or enough insulin, which is known Type 2 diabetes
We all need glucose to give us energy.
Our bodies break down the carbohydrates in food and drink to give us glucose and this is then released into the blood.
The hormone insulin is created by the pancreas and released to allow glucose in our blood to enter our cells to be used.
People with diabetes either do not produce insulin or do not have enough to allow the glucose to be converted into energy.
The glucose then stays in the blood and begins to cause problems for the person.
1 in 15 people in the UK have diabetes, including 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes who haven't been diagnosed.
- Diabetes UK 2022
Diabetes can have serious consequences if not managed correctly.
Issues commonly affect the heart, eyes, feet and kidneys.
Around 90% of people have Type 2 diabetes.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise to know that there are many people in long term care settings that are living with a diagnosis of diabetes.
The good news is that there are lots of things that people can do to manage their condition and live a long and healthy life.
Care systems such as AutumnCare have tools in place to help with the management of diabetes for staff and service users.
Blood Glucose Monitoring
AutumnCare's diabetic management record enables caregivers to record how to manage someone's diabetes.
This record includes a blood sugar monitoring regime and instructions on how to treat a hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic episode.
AutumnCare's eMAR allows staff to be able to view the most recent blood glucose reading prior to administering insulin or oral diabetic medications.
Staff are also able to record the location of the insulin injection site so that they can be rotated.
Diabetes and Oral Health
There is a link between diabetes and gum disease.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of oral health problems. It is important that people receiving care are monitored for any deterioration to their dental and oral health.
People with Type 2 diabetes are around three times more likely to develop dental problems.
- Diabetes UK 2022
AutumnCare's dental and oral assessment incorporates the Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT).
The assessment covers the person's current oral health status.
This will include factors which can contribute to the risk of oral disease and indicate the need for onward referral to a Dental Practitioner.
Nutrition and Hydration
Older people living with diabetes often require increased support and monitoring to ensure that they receive a balanced and nutritional diet and adequate fluid intake.
Both obesity and malnutrition are prevalent in older adults.
They impact both nutritional status and diabetes management and are important to consider.
Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass, increases frailty in older adults which may exacerbate hypoglycaemic episodes.
AutumnCare has comprehensive food and fluid charts to monitor intake, as well as nutritional assessments and preference recording.
With AutumnCare's monitoring tools staff can assess risk, monitor intake, and create care plans tailored to the goals of every person living with diabetes.
Digital care records and eMARs can help caregivers support people living with diabetes to lead health lifestyles and manage their condition effectively.
AutumnCare is clinically comprehensive, meaning you can care for people with a wide range of health and care needs.
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