When patients are hospitalized at DeKalb Medical, either with existing or new onset diabetes, the certified diabetes educators of the Diabetes Education program are available for consultation. They will collaborate with your admitting physician and inpatient healthcare team to ensure the optimum level of diabetes care, treatment and education during your stay. Upon discharge, your healthcare provider can then refer you to the comprehensive Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Training Class for additional instruction to assist you in achieving the best possible diabetes outcomes.
Finding a healthy personal balance - learning to control your blood sugar levels through a combination of good nutrition, exercise and often medication - is key to successfully managing your diabetes. Our customized outpatient self-management program includes an initial personal assessment. Then, working closely with your referring healthcare provider, our caring staff will provide you with education about diabetes, home glucose monitoring, healthy nutrition, appropriate exercise and careful medication management, if needed. Our goal is to help you effectively manage your diabetes and enjoy an improved quality of life. Additional programs and doctor talks on special topics, such as healthy eating and heart health, are also offered periodically to address possible related health issues.
Participation in the Outpatient Diabetes Management Class requires a referral from your physician/healthcare provider. Medicare, Medicaid and most third-party insurances are accepted. We will keep in contact with you after your initial services to inquire about your progress and/or ongoing needs and encourage follow-up visits to our program.