New care home and diabetes guidelines now available

New care home and diabetes guidelines now available

A national diabetes advisory panel that is dedicated to improving care for older adults with the condition has launched its first set of care home guidelines. 

The National Advisory Panel on Care Home Guidance (NAPCHD) has created the comprehensive guidance to improve diabetes care in care homes.

In addition, the guidelines are set to improve the well-being, quality of life, and clinical outcomes of all residents with diabetes.

Professor Alan Sinclair, of King’s College and fDROP, is hosting a webinar next month to go through the key recommendations provided in the care home document.

Entitled ‘Launch of the official NAPCHD Strategic Document of Diabetes Care’, the online event will take place on Thursday, May 19, between 1pm and 2pm.

Professor Sinclair, who is also the lead author for the recommendations, said: “This webinar will be extremely beneficial for healthcare professionals who work with older adults with diabetes as we will provide them with the most up-to-date care home guidance.

“The new guidelines are essential as care home residents are recognised as being a highly vulnerable group (as evidenced also by the COVID-19 pandemic) so these recommendations will help healthcare professionals and care staff to better implement high-quality care.”

He added: “The document reflects the views of a fantastic panel of experts who were a joy to work with and is a great opportunity to make a difference in this care sector.

“We are confident that these recommendations will improve diabetes care for older adults with the condition and this webinar provides us with the perfect opportunity to share the guidelines.”

The recommendations are now available for all care homes across the country. The document reflects on the importance of sound and effective communication channels between residents and families, care homes, community nursing and diabetes services, primary care, acute hospital services, eye specialist and optometry care services, nutritional and podiatry services, and the social serviced sector.

The National Advisory Panel for Care Home Diabetes (NAPCHD), chaired by Professor Alan Sinclair, was formed in mid-2020 to bring about a culture change in the way residents with diabetes are cared for in order to bring about sustained benefits.

To view the guidelines, click here.

To attend the ‘Launch of the official NAPCHD Strategic Document of Diabetes Care’ webinar, click here.

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Author: Eileen Gilbert