Around thirty Parliamentarians attended a Diabetes UK Parliamentary reception yesterday (Monday 15 November) as we launched a report to coincide with World Diabetes Day (14 November) calling for improved care for older people with diabetes in residential homes.
One care home resident admitted to hospital every 25 minutes
The report, 'Diabetes in care homes – Awareness, screening, training', found that one care home resident with diabetes is admitted to hospital every 25 minutes and that six out of ten care homes in England, that have residents with diabetes, fail to provide any training to their staff about the condition.
The report also revealed that less than a quarter (23 per cent) of care homes screen residents for diabetes on admission, and fewer than a third (28 per cent) screen for the condition on an annual basis. This missed screening may mean as many as 13,500 care home residents in the UK could have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes and be at increased risk of complications associated with the condition, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
Issue must remain a priority
"We are keen to make sure that this issue remains a priority. Over the next week we will be writing to the Care Quality Commission, local authorities and ADASS (the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services), as well as to care homes, to ask for their commitment to ensure that the recommendations we have made in the report will be carried out," said Helen Pyper, Diabetes UK Public Affairs Manager.
"In Parliament we will be writing to all MPs asking them to sign Early Day Motion 1002 which supports the recommendations called for in the report. We are also asking that MPs find out the situation with the care homes in their constituencies and make sure that these care homes are supporting and training their staff to offer the best possible care to people with diabetes," added Helen.
You can see a slideshow of photos from the event below:
These images are also available to view on theDiabetes UK Flickr page.