Diabetes Awareness and Training Important to Resident Care Attendant Role
UCW Academy of Health program preps grads to assist clients living with the condition
Victoria, BC (PRWEB) November 14, 2009 – The number of people with Type 2 diabetes has steadily increased
over the last 10 years in North America with the condition becoming a common diagnosis among the elderly,
often complicating treatments for other conditions. Thankfully, Resident Care Attendant (RCA) training
programs, like that offered by UCW Academy of Health, prepares practitioners to recognize the signs and
symptoms of diabetes in order to keep their clients safe.
“Because RCAs work the closest with clients by assisting them with daily activities and hygiene, they most often
notice a problem first,” says Patricia Hitchens, Director of Nursing at UCW Academy of Health, “They’re relied
on to report it quickly so a nurse or physician can intervene and keep the client safe.”
The frequency of diabetes in settings where RCAs practice means they must be knowledgeable about the
condition. According to Hitchens, this starts with their training. The UCW Academy of Health RCA program
teaches students about the underlying causes of the disease and the symptoms they should watch for. They also
learn about symptom reporting, blood glucose testing, basic assessments, treatments and interventions.
“It is very important to know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, as well as the immediate steps to
intervene, in order to keep insulin-dependent diabetics free from serious or even fatal outcomes,” adds Hitchens.
“It is also important that RCAs understand their roles, and everyone else's on the health care team, to ensure clear
lines of communication in order to maintain a safe care environment for their clients.”
Type 2 diabetes has also spiked markedly in both children and middle-aged adults, which is largely attributed to
lifestyle factors such as improper diet and lack of exercise. Yet, according to Hitchens, the condition can improve