‘I am beyond proud of our team’

Maplewood diabetes management skills shine, enhance residents’ quality of life

Maplewood administrator Rachel Corkery has a sense of pride about her team members and their abilities to enhance quality of life for the Brighton long-term care home’s residents who are living with diabetes.

It’s a holistic approach to care that essentially encompasses “treating the person for their diabetes and not treating diabetes for the person,” says Rachel.

“There were a lot of finger-pricks and blood samples that were all in vain. We took a deeper look.”

That “deeper look” at diabetes care and management is benefiting the home’s several residents who have diabetes.

It’s also receiving accolades from the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA).

Maplewood was awarded Nov. 28 with the Clinical Protocol Excellence Award for its implementation of OMNI Health Care’s diabetes protocol.

OMNI launched its diabetes protocol in 2013 to enhance quality diabetes care for long-term-care home residents across Ontario. The OLTCA has also adopted the protocol.

The protocol targets appropriate diabetes management and ensures each resident living with the chronic disease is managed with an individualized resident-centered approach, Rachel notes.

Led by diabetic Champion Karen Vaughan, the home’s staff received education based on Canadian Diabetes Association’s best practice guidelines as it relates to Maplewood residents.

At the onset of implementation, more than 20 residents of Maplewood were living with diabetes.

“To say that I am beyond proud of our team would be an understatement. Awesome job. Keep up the fantastic work.”

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