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Diabetes and Hearing Impairment

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is 11/14/12.  Assisting our residents with various forms of diabetes interventions is a daily reality in long-term care.  For Social Service and nursing staff, this includes ensuring that residents with diabetes are regularly scheduled to be seen by a podiatrist and an optometrist.  But are those same targeted residents being scheduled for audiology appointments?   According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), hearing loss is twice as common in those that have diabetes than in those who don’t.  Difficulty with communication can lead to many psychosocial issues.  These issues can include social isolation, frustration, anger, resisting care, and depression.  Make sure your residents are receiving their specialty provider visits as ordered.  Need assistance with establishing an easy tracking process for your contracted providers or a QA audit of your current system?  Contact SHC and we’ll schedule a visit to help your facility continue improving Quality of Life services for your residents.