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Diabetic Care for Elders

Diabetes requires carefully monitoring and support. Unfortunately, Hollywood nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys regularly see situations where this sort of support is not offered to diabetic residents. When diabetic residents are not given the help they need, they may experience seizures, coma, amputations, and other serious and life-threatening complications.

If a loved one has suffered an injury due to nursing home abuse and negligence, contact a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney at the Hollywood, Miami, or Homestead offices of Flaxman Law Group. You can reach us online or at 866-352-9626 to arrange a free accident consultation.

Diabetic Care for Seniors

Diabetes is a serious medical condition where the body cannot use insulin effectively or cannot use it correctly. As excess sugar remains in the blood stream because of this situation, patients face serious medical complications, including possible blindness or a need for limb amputation. If diabetes remains uncontrolled, it can be fatal. In fact, it is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.

There are two types of diabetes. Type I is caused by genetic factors and is often diagnosed in childhood. Type II usually develops over time and is diagnosed later in life. Currently, about 29.2% of American seniors, or about 15.9 million seniors, have diabetes.

Seniors who have diabetes need several things:

  • Medication. It is important that seniors with diabetes get the right medication at the right time and in the right dosage every time. Even minor variances can lead to difficult consequences.
  • Proper nutrition. It is important that seniors with diabetes get adequate nutrition without excessive sugars at regular intervals and are kept properly hydrated. Nutrient deficient food, highly caloric food, and highly fatty foods can make the condition worse. When looking at nursing homes, always check to make sure that the menu options offered are adequate and that a dietitian is consulted. Look for a nursing home where special menus are offered for diabetic patients, reflecting their special nutritional needs.
  • Monitoring. Blood glucose levels need to be monitored. This information should be entered reliably in a file. In addition, residents with diabetes should be taken to medical professionals regularly for checkups and to ensure all precautions are being taken.

Nursing homes are expected to have the staff, training, and systems to provide all of these services and more to keep patients with diabetes healthy. If your nursing home does not offer these services or if your loved one with diabetes has been injured due to negligence, is important to consult with a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney in Hollywood or your community to find out what legal options you have.

What Should I Do If My Family Member’s Diabetes Is Not Well Controlled in Their Nursing Home?

If you need to speak to a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney in Hollywood or surrounding areas, contact Flaxman Law Group online or at 866-352-9626 for a free accident consultation. Our offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami serve the entire South Florida area and we can consult with you to help you evaluate your best steps moving forward.

The legal team at Flaxman Law Group has more than 60 years of combined experience and a reputation for standing by those who are injured. We have helped thousands of families and injured individuals secure compensation for their injuries. In fact, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Contact us today if you’d like to speak with a South Florida or Hollywood nursing home abuse and negligence attorney.

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