What is Diabetes Canada’s position on diabetes care in institutional settings?

People with diabetes should receive care that promotes the highest quality of life regardless of the setting. People with diabetes have a right to timely, affordable and ongoing diabetes education and comprehensive treatment services provided with seamless coordination by a Diabetes Health-care Team and other specialists as specified in Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada and Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada.

Read the Diabetes Canada's full position statement on diabetes care in institutional settings, including background and rationale.

What kind of diabetes care should a resident expect?

A resident living with diabetes in a nursing home/long term care facility, group home, hospital or correctional facility requires the same care recommended to other Canadians living with diabetes as specified in Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada.

Are there guidelines available to assist institutions with developing diabetes care plans for their residents?

Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada provides comprehensive, evidenced-based recommendations for health-care professionals and anyone caring for people with diabetes. Guidelines address issues applicable to caring for individuals living with diabetes in institutional settings:

  • Targets for Glycemic Control
  • In-hospital Management of Diabetes 
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Weight Management in Diabetes
  • Diabetes and Mental Health
  • Diabetes in the Elderly
  • Foot Care

How can staff be better educated about diabetes and how it is managed? 

The employer can arrange for a diabetes education session for its employees through its local Diabetes Canada office or Diabetes Education Centre.