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By Heather Brown
October 05, 2014

I am currently working on the August issue of the PCALIC Newsletter. Last month we included some great topics on diabetes and social media. We had so much great feedback that we decided to answer another insureds question regarding diabetes. Diabetes is a difficult disease and for some diabetics, there may be difficulty in overcoming temptation of all of those great desserts that are delicious.

Which leads to me my topic this week. What happens when a diabetic resident wants to eat food that is dangerous to their health? What is okay for you to say? What is overstepping your boundaries? What rights does your resident have> This is quite a difficult topic to conquer in one post, so I’ll write a little here, just make sure you read the August newsletter when it arrives next month.

1. Can I refuse to give the resident a certain food because they are diabetic? No. Residents have the right to decide whether or not that they eat a certain food unless they have fit the legal definition of lacking capacity and then it should be reviewed case by case. In fact, if you refuse to honor the residents’ wishes, you could actually get in trouble with your state licensing agency.

2. Who Can I talk to for further advice? You may always talk to a healthcare provider for advice on care. A great resource is your local ombudsman, department of human service or welfare, and your local area agency on aging. Make sure you check out the August newsletter for some more in-depth research on this controversial topic.

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