How a Diabetes Educator can help me
Diabetes Educators are health care professionals who get to know you, answer
questions and help you figure out how to manage your diabetes. Together
we will develop a plan for your lifestyle while respecting your habits,
interests and beliefs.
Four important times to see a Diabetes Educator
- When you are diagnosed- we will help create a self management plan that
fits with your lifestyle.
- Yearly check-ins- We will assess what is working well and what is not and
suggest fresh ideas or advances to empower your self management.
- Faced with a new challenge- A new health issue or emotional stress, complicated
medication or financial issues. The Diabetes Educator can work with you
to problem solve and improve coping skills
- Changes in your health care- Changes in health care providers, insurance,
living situations or age related issues
Most insurance covers life long benefits for individual counseling. We
can start with comprehensive education if you can't attend group classes
then be here for you for yearly follow up appointments. These appointments
help keep you on track by assessing how you are managing your diabetes
through your life time. We help you identify and set goals for changes
in diet, activity, medication and stress relief.
Group Education Classes
Learning in a group environment has special benefits. It connects you to
others that have the same concerns and questions about Diabetes so you
don't feel so alone. Class participants are at different spectrum
of their Diabetes disease. You learn from each other and help each other
People who attend Group Class were about 1/2 as likely as those in individual
counseling to visit the emergency room or to be hospitalized for a high
or low blood sugar AND about 1/2 less likely to require hospital care
for foot ulcers and foot infections. After group classes most insurance
covers four yearly follow up appointments to assess how you are doing,
give you tips and encouragement, make recommendations for diet, medication,
activity and stress needs.