Specialization Of Nursing Home Care For Diabetes Patients

It makes sense.  Specialization is increasingly becoming common among doctors, lawyers and now nursing homes.   A skilled-nursing facility is taking a new approach to treating diabetes. The Hurlbut, a New York nursing home has partnered with the Joslin Diabetes Center out of Boston. Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Joslin concentrates in diabetes treatment and research. The Hurlbut is one of two nursing homes in the country to adopt a Joslin diabetes program.hurlbut

Diabetes is a common medical condition.  By some estimates, more than 25% of nursing home patients have diabetes yet most facilities don’t offer specialty care.  While the treatment may be adequate, most nursing home are designed to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Specialization allow nursing homes to concentrate on doing one thing and doing it well.

“What we’ve done here is educate everyone in the facility from the front desk person, to the person in the kitchen to the aides. Almost anyone who will listen,” said Suzanne Meyer of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

With a team approach, blood sugar levels are monitored, meals are planned, and medications adjusted.”Until we look at diabetes management, until we improve those blood sugars I don’t think that the quality of life will be great. And I think most people will want to look at this model,” Meyer said.

There will likely be more specialized nursing home in the future.  Grouping people according to their medical condition allows the staff to focus on one ailment as opposed to treating a variety of physical and psychological conditions.  Read more about this progressive approach to diabetes care here.

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