Leading representatives from the diabetes community have called for the NHS not to turn its back on older people with the condition— following a report staff training has been withdrawn from a care home.
Speaking ahead of Older People’s Day this month, Professor Alan Sinclair, director of the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP), believes this vulnerable group needs more protection amid changes to health services.
Jenny Hirst, co-chair of the Independent Diabetes Trust, has added her support, claiming a recent call to the charity from a care home which had its district nurse withdraw her training could be a “symptom” of the national picture. It comes ahead of the release of the results from the first-ever National Care Home Diabetes Audit. The research was carried out by IDOP in partnership with Association of British Clinical Diabetologists and key collaborators.
Professor Sinclair, the audit lead, said: “Older people in care homes are an especially-vulnerable group of people. We already know that as many as 27% of all care home residents have diabetes and an increasing amount of evidence is suggesting that the diabetes care delivered by care homes is substandard. We are using Older People’s Day to highlight these concerns because older people with diabetes in care homes may
need protecting.”