An international professional expert states that diabetes services for the elderly are too fragmented, leaving them vulnerable to poor health in the later stages of their lives.
Professor Alan Sinclair, from the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People and Diabetes Frail and a recognized specialist in the field of diabetes among the elderly performed a recent investigation on diabetes services carried out in care homes. Professor Sinclair stated, “Our review of research findings are quite worrying because we have found the level of diabetes care remains fragmented, which means many older people are becoming far more vulnerable to poor health than they should be.” He further went on to say that more than a quarter of care home residents have type 2 diabetes and it is imperative those with the condition—at whatever age or domicile—carry out proper management. Hence the failure of the patient to control can further lead to frailty, dependency, disability, and reduced life expectancy. “There is also the added strain on the NHS as frequent hospital admissions to treat diabetes-related complications are costly, not to mention unsettling for the patient and family,” says Sinclair.
Earlier Professor Sinclair had rendered his insights to Diabetes UK, ABCD, NICE, UK Government Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on issues regarding diabetes in older people. Moreover, he is speaking ahead of this year’s Diabetes Professional Care 2018 (DPC2018). Professor Sinclair is an important figure among the diabetes community and will be discussing the benefits of individualizing diabetes care for the elderly on the second day of the UK’s largest diabetes national conference.
Professor Sinclair further stated that it was essential to provide high-quality, individualized care for older people who have diabetes. In addition to the various inconveniences associated with aging, the increased prevalence of geriatric syndromes and frailty aggravates the complexity of managing diabetes among older people. “If healthcare professionals and care home teams recognize these unique challenges then we can begin finding solutions, addressing the declining diabetes health of this vulnerable sector of people who deserve the best possible level of care,” says Sinclair.