A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine points out areas for improvement in the way Americans manage diabetes.1 Compared to previous decades, the U.S. has seen strong improvements in diabetes management, but the most current data shows these challenges and more:
- 1 in 3 people with diabetes have poor blood pressure control
- 1 in 5 have poor glucose control
- 2 in 5 have poor cholesterol control
People with diabetes prove 200% more likely to die compared to other people in their age group, but even modest improvements in management correlate with major improvements in health status. For instance, every percentage point drop in A1c blood test results reduces the risk of microvascular complications (eye, kidney, nerve disease) by 40%.2-4 Call Aspen Healthcare for help with your diabetic patients. For your homebound patients, Aspen can provide a number of home health services that will make us a strong ally in your diabetes management plans.
Reinforcement & Monitoring: In situations where blood glucose levels or blood pressures begin fluctuating abnormally, it may be appropriate for doctors to order a home health episode. Nurses can investigate compliance with special diets and reinforce teaching. They can monitor blood pressure levels and report to the physician for medication adjustments. They can assess the use of home equipment and make necessary changes. Nurses can also teach diet and exercise intervention to better control fluctuating glucose levels.
Orientation for the Newly Diagnosed: Effectively teaching geriatric patients sometimes requires repeated visits and a significant time investment. You can trust Aspen to work patiently until your patients and/or their caregivers demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to manage their diabetes. Teaching will include:
- Preparing & administering insulin injections
- Preparing & following a diabetic diet
- Observation of foot-care precautions
Resource Coordination: When patients lack reliable equipment, supplies and/or nutrition, Aspen Healthcare staff can help your patients utilize their Medicare, insurance benefits, and/or community programs to obtain proper equipment and supplies.