Serious complications from diabetes can be avoided or slowed through detection and effective self-management skills. We can help. Our Diabetes Care Services team at Columbus Regional Health consults and educates people with diabetes to better understand and treat their disease.
Our Diabetes Care Services program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, which ensures the highest quality in meeting national standards for diabetes care and education. Education and counseling sessions are available by individual appointment. Please call 812-376-5709 or toll free at 1-800-841-4938 ext. 5709 for answers to your questions or for more information.
Learning self-management skills is an important step towards living a normal life with diabetes. Depending on individual education needs, education sessions are available and include the following:
- Overview of diabetes and treatment options
- Family involvement and social support
- Nutrition management
- Prevention, detection, and treatment of complications
- Exercise and activity
- Stress and emotional adjustment
- Understanding medications/insulin
- Self-monitoring of blood sugar and how to use the results effectively
- Goal setting and problem solving
- Use of health-care and community resources
- Gestational Diabetes
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Dry, itchy skin
- Excessive hunger
- Blurred vision
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Sudden weight changes
- Frequent infections
- Slow healing of cuts or sores
The Columbus Regional Health Diabetes Coaching Demonstration Project is a 2-year test to demonstrate the potential effectiveness of health coaches in the management of diabetes. Led and supported by local primary care physicians at 3 practices in Bartholomew County and CRH’s Certified Diabetes Educators, these coaches enhance appropriate self-care by helping patients identify and overcome obstacles to behavior change, resulting in better diabetes self-management. The demo will run until May 2014.
The coaches’ approach is based on state-of-the-art practices recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Over 600 patients are currently being coached and early results are very promising. Clinical Project Director, Dr. Joseph Sheehy, MD, is enthusiastic about the demo’s potential, “The Coaching Demo is exceeding our expectations. We see our patients managing their disease better and have already begun expanding this to other chronic diseases. We’re confident this approach will result in our patients being healthier and happier now and in the future.” The Diabetes Coaching Demonstration Project is funded by Columbus Regional Health Foundation.