It can be scary to leave nursing home staff in charge of your loved one’s diabetes medication. Just the right amount of insulin needs to be provided to keep your loved one safe. If too little insulin is given then your loved one’s blood sugar may spike, and dangerous, life-threatening conditions can develop. Similarly, if too much insulin is given then your loved one’s blood sugar may become dangerously low, and different dangerous, life-threatening conditions can develop.
Nursing Homes Have a Duty of Care to Residents With Diabetes
It is the nursing home’s responsibility to make sure that each resident with diabetes:
- Has his or her blood glucose measured as frequently as is recommended by a doctor or when there is a concern about high or low blood sugar levels.
- Receives diabetes medications, including insulin injections, as directed by a doctor.
Nursing homes that fail to take these steps may have breached the duty of care that they owe to the nursing home resident and caused the resident significant harm. They may be liable for nursing home abuse or neglect.
Take Action Today
The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in three adults in the United States will have diabetes by 2050 if the country continues on its current path. In order to raise awareness about the disease, November has been recognized as National Diabetes Month. As we help raise awareness about diabetes prevention, it is important that we also remember those who are already suffering from this disease and who may be unable to advocate for themselves. It is also critical that we remember nursing home residents living with diabetes and that we hold nursing homes accountable for providing them with reasonable care at all times.
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