Interdisciplinary Diabetes Management in Home Care
February 28, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Almost 10% of the U.S. population—including more than 25% of older adults—has diabetes, a disease with significant morbidity and mortality, according to an article in the February 2014 Home Healthcare Nurse. The authors describe how the home care network of a healthcare system improved diabetes care by implementing an interdisciplinary program. A diabetes task force was formed with members from throughout the healthcare system. The program is based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ seven self-care behaviors: eating healthfully, being active, monitoring, taking medication, solving problems, reducing risks, and coping. The client’s diabetes is managed across the continuum, from the hospital to the community. Recognizing the importance of factors such as the need for lifestyle changes, clients’ psychosocial needs, and their increased risk for mental health issues, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach.