Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a serious and chronic disease that occurs when the body does not have the ability to produce insulin, or enough insulin, to metabolize glucose.¹ There is no known cure for the disease but research continues to make progress. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. For people over the age of 65 years old, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, have been diagnosed with the disease. Early diagnosis is important so appropriate diabetic care and management can be initiated. Some complications include heart disease and stroke(68%), high blood pressure(67%), blindness(4.4%), kidney disease, nervous system disease (neuropathy)(60%-70%), and amputation.² In order to reduce the complications listed above, management of this disease is essential. Modern day approaches to diabetes primarily rely upon dietary and lifestyle management, often combined with regular ongoing blood glucose level monitoring.³

Common Conditions or Diagnosis for Diabetes Program
    Diagnosis of Diabetes Type I or Type II
    Diabetes with Polyneuropathy
        -Decreased or Funny Sensations             -Weakness
    Diabetic Retinopathy
        -Changes in Vision

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Skilled Nursing
    Complete History and Physical Assessment                 Medication Review and Teaching
    Nutrition and Diet Education                                        Blood Sugar Monitoring and Teaching
    Disease Process Teaching                                          Skin Assessment and Skin Care Education
    Wound Care (if needed)                                               Insulin Injection Implementation and Compliance
    Educational Tools for Patient and Caregiver

Physical Therapy
    Complete Therapy Assessment                                  Strength and ROM Assessment
    Sensory & Proprioception Assessment                       Ambulation and Balance Assessment
    Neurological Testing                                                  Strengthening and Conditioning
    Home Safety Evaluation                                             Patient /Caregiver Education
    Equipment Evaluation and Proper Use

Occupational Therapy
    Complete OT Assessment                                         ADL’s Retraining
    Work Modification                                                     Visual Acuity Assessment and Re-training

Home Health Aide 
    Grooming and Bathing Assistance                             Light Housekeeping Pertaining to Patient Care Area

¹ 2011, National Diabetes Education Program
² 2011, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Statistics
³ 2011, Diabetes Management, Wikipedia