Adult residential care homes are a popular choice for aging seniors or individuals with disabilities. They get the opportunity to live in a supportive environment that assists them with their needs daily and still maintain a sense of freedom. As an adult residential care home owner or administrator, you see and meet a variety of potential residents with unique stories and health concerns. Diabetes is common in these individuals and unfortunately not every home is able to provide the necessary care for diabetic residents.
9.3% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with diabetes and another 27.8% are undiagnosed according to the CDC. It is a disease that continues to rise year after year and has no cure. There are steps individuals can take to properly manage the impact Diabetes has on their health.
Adult residential care homes offer residents assistance with their daily living activities. Not every state allows these homes to provide diabetes and insulin management. Other homes simply don’t have the right staff or resources to properly provide this type of individualized care.
In the past, adult residential care homes were forced to refer residents elsewhere. Refused care leaves families feeling helpless. They know their loved one does not need skilled care, but they are unable to continue living on their own. Today, there are steps an adult residential care home can take to offer care to these residents.
Each state’s laws and regulations for adult residential care homes vary. Contact your state licensing authority to find out if any of these steps are allowed by law in your state. Follow their guidelines and suggestions to offer quality care for diabetic residents.
Not every diabetic resident requires skilled care. Often times, they are ready to move into an adult residential care home because they no longer want to live alone. Opening the doors to these residents gives them the comfort and freedom they need in one location.