About Our Diabetes Program
Through providing expertise in individualized training and ongoing follow up care from a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietician, the Pomerene Diabetes Education team works with you to give you the skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage your diabetes. We offer a team approach that also involves your physician, your family and most importantly- you. Working together, this team provides support and training to help you gain confidence and skill in your diabetes management.
Whether it is a new diagnosis, a bump in your current diabetes care plan or a new medication that you are unsure of, the Diabetes Education team is ready to help.
Located on the first floor at Pomerene Hospital, one-on-one sessions are available at various times during the week to provide individualized instruction to best meet your needs. The Pomerene diabetes education program is accredited through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists and entails services including:
- Education on the Diabetes Disease Process
- Nutrition and Meal Planning
- Physical Activity Guidance
- Glucometer Training
- Hands on Medication and Insulin Injection Training
- Prevention and Management of Complications Related to Diabetes (Acute and Chronic)
- Assistance in Obtaining your Diabetes Medical Equipment and Supplies
- Goal Setting and Problem Solving
- Psycho-social Adjustment
- Type 1, Type 2 and Preconception Care/Gestational Diabetes Education and Support Available
Diabetes is largely a self-managed, lifelong disease and education is essential in equipping individuals with the best knowledge and tools to care for their diabetes. Working closely with your healthcare team and diabetes educator to manage your diabetes can lessen your risks of complications from diabetes. Remember, as your life changes, your plan may need to change, too. Anytime your plan isn’t working, it may be time for a change in plan. Although there is no cure for diabetes, the Diabetes Education Self-Management Program at Pomerene Hospital is committed to helping those with diabetes in our community to lead happy and healthy lives.
Did You Know
Diabetes is ranked as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, it is the number one cause of lower limb amputations, kidney failure and adult onset blindness. 34.2 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes:
- Physical Inactivity
- Over the Age of 40
- History of High Blood Pressure
- Have Had a Baby Over 9 Pounds
- Have Had Gestational Diabetes
Symptoms of Diabetes Are:
- Excessive Thirst and Hunger
- Frequent Urination
- Blurred Vision
- Fatigue/ Lack of Energy
- Mood Changes
- Weight Loss
- Sores That Don't Heal
If you have risk factors for diabetes and/or have experienced any of the warning signs, please talk with your healthcare provider. If you feel this program is right for you ask for a referral from your healthcare provider.
Insurance: Diabetes self-management training is a benefit covered by Medicare and most health plans. Your individual insurance policy defines the extent of your coverage. If you need help in determining your insurance coverage, call the Diabetes Education Coordinator office at Pomerene Hospital: (330) 674-1584 extension 1023.
Self-Pay Resources are also available. For self-pay question please call Laura Schlabach at (330) 674-1015 Extension 1767
To Enroll: Ask your doctor for a referral order to Diabetes Self- Management Training or call Megan Raber, the Diabetes Education Coordinator at Pomerene Hospital: (330) 674-1584 extension 1023