For people living with diabetes, learning to self-manage their condition is critical to their success in healthy living. The healthcare professionals in the OMH Diabetes Self-Management Education Program can provide patients with the information and support they need to manage their disease.
Certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, and registered dieticians in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program help individuals cope with the ever-changing nature of diabetes. With the help of our team, clients learn the skills necessary to manage their condition and enjoy a full life in spite of the challenges of having diabetes.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSME) has been certified by the American Diabetes Association since 2003 which means the program meets national standards for diabetes self-management education.
A physician referral is required to participate in the Diabetes Education Self-Management Program. It is important that participants are aware that this program does not take the place of office visits with a physician—rather, the program works to make sure the patient understands his/her condition and the physician’s directions. The physician also receives a report of the patient’s progress following each DSME appointment.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is offered in the Wellness Center located inside the lobby of the Oconee Memorial Hospital patient tower where individual appointments and group classes are held.
Upon joining the program, each participant meets with a registered nurse who works with the patient to help identify individual goals. The nurse and dietitian instruct and counsel the patient on important topics such as:
- Medications used to treat diabetes
- Meal planning and nutrition
- Exercise and activity
- Acute and chronic complications
- Psychosocial issues
- Lifestyle changes
- Health & community resources
- Specialty sessions
- Carbohydrate countin
- Medical nutrition therapy
Who will benefit?
Diabetes is a disease that can be well-managed through the combined efforts of the patient’s own self-management and his/her physician’s medical practice. Proper exercise, nutrition, medication and meal planning can greatly increase the quality of life for a person with diabetes.
Fees for the program are partially covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. To be eligible for coverage, patients must have a current physician referral. Participants are encouraged to check with their insurance carrier for eligibility requirements and authorization.