Residential Aged Care Facilities - Resources

As part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Older People with Diabetes National Development Program, a series of resources have been developed to support people working within residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Around one quarter of all people living in RACFs have diabetes.

Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook PDF or eBook

Diabetes Management in Aged Care (DMAC) has been designed to provide an accessible and practical guide to diabetes management for staff working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). This guide has been written for all care staff, from carers to registered nurses. Its aim is to help care staff understand the basics of diabetes management without overwhelming them with complex information about advanced clinical care.

Diabetes Management in Aged Care: Fast Facts for Care Workers PDF or eBook

This resource contains information about diabetes in older people and how to manage diabetes in a residential care setting. The Fast facts have been written for care staff. The information in this resource has been drawn from the ‘Fast facts’ sections at the start of each chapter in Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook. For more information on any of the Fast facts topics, see the Handbook.

Audit Checklist: Management of Residents Who Have Diabetes

An audit checklist for management of residents with diabetes has been developed with the aim of assisting residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to reach accreditation standards in regards to their residents living with diabetes. The audit checklist has been developed with input from RACFs, the Older People with Diabetes National Development Program Expert Reference Group and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

The audit checklist can be completed electronically or printed and completed. All evidence should be documented in the checklist and also on the resident’s file.

If gaps are identified through the audit the following resources may be useful in bringing these up to the required standard:

• The McKellar guidelines for managing older people with diabetes in residential and other care settings
• The McKellar way – how to use the McKellar guidelines for managing older people with diabetes in residential and other acre settings.

Other resources for older people with diabetes

You can see the resources that have been developed for older people with diabetes, including information about healthy eating and the broader health care team in the Older People Resources section.