Caring for the Elderly Adult with Diabetes

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Caring for the Elderly Adult with Diabetes Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases, with almost 2.4 million Canadians living with the disease, and Ontario has amongst the highest age-standardized rates of diabetes in the country (Government of Canada, 2011).


There are a number of important nursing practise points that are important in providing good care for elderly adults with diabetes and their families. There are a number of reasons for choosing this topic. Firstly, diabetes affects almost 2.4 million Canadians (Government of Canada, 2011) and many more are thought to be undiagnosed. Not only that, but patients with diabetes are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to cardiac disease and twenty times more likely to need a non-trauma lower limb amputation (Government of Canada, 2011). Although these are just statistics, they do give a real feel for the potentially devastating impact that diabetes can have on the elderly adult and their families, and I think it’s increasingly important (as chronic disease becomes more common) to understand the best nursing practise guidelines to help prevent the complications of diabetes. Not only that, but many family members are not aware of the problems that diabetes can cause, and therefore it’s important that a nurse is well-informed to answer questions about diabetes to allow best care in the home. ...
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