Type 2 Diabetes has rapidly increased in our population in Australia over the last 25 years.
The reasons for this are multi factorial, and include our increasingly sugary diet and sedentary lifestyle. The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes increases exponentially in the aged population and has quickly become one of the main health care issues in our aged care residential facilities.
Diabetes can have devastating consequences if not well controlled.
The goal in diabetes management is tight day to day control of blood glucose levels typically monitored by a three month Haemoglobin A1C level.
In order to effectively control blood glucose levels a combination of frequent monitoring plus medication (oral medication and/or insulin) is used.
Diabetes Management – How AutumnCare Assists
AutumnCare ensures that all stakeholders in the management of blood glucose levels are alerted to abnormal readings. This open and transparent communication stream ensures that trends in glucose monitoring are available for GP’s and RN’s making clinical decisions about glucose control.
If a resident experiences a reading out of range, AutumnCare, through its customisable Automated Intelligence, can take the work out of communicating to multiple parties.
If a reading is high, for example, the caregiver might get a pop-up reminder about your facility’s approved process.
At the same time, a message can be sent in the background to the GP and/or Care Manager alerting them of the BGL level.
Furthermore, a note will automatically be entered into the resident’s chart, which is classified as a diabetes/clinical care note. This note will be flagged on handover.
Clear communication amongst GP’s, Care staff and RN’s is the only way to ensure that all parties are aware of blood glucose trends in order to tailor their management regime effectively.
Outside of a special diabetic diet and medication management, studies have shown the importance of physical activity in the management of diabetes and daily glucose levels. With AutumnCare’s robust Leisure and Lifestyle forms and assessments, facilities can ensure that residents are participating in activities that are suited to their abilities, while at the same time, understanding the holistic aspects of their care, which can act as motivation for their participation.
AutumnCare is the Clinical Leader for a reason. We understand the complex needs of residential aged care today and commit to be a partner going forward to make many lives better.