OUTPATIENT DIABETES EDUCATION*
To address one of the most pressing public health concerns facing Long Island and the nation, Mercy offers an outpatient Diabetes Self-Management EducationProgram for diabetics and their families.
The program emphasizes knowledge, treatment and self-management of the disease, so that patients can identify and prevent possible complications.
Classes include self-management techniques on diet, blood glucose monitoring, foot care, medications, exercise, eye care and lifestyle changes. The program is designed to offer the best self-management information, with small group instruction for a unique, personal learning environment.
The four-session program is conducted monthly, beginning with an hour-long individual assessment for each participant, followed by three weekly group workshops conducted Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Each participant also receives a group follow-up session approximately six weeks after the program ends.
Classes are taught by two experienced Diabetes Educators, certified by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program provides participants with the skills required for day-to-day management of Diabetes and strategies for people living with diabetes to maintain and maximize life activities.
Those who can benefit from the program include both individuals recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been living with it for some time, along with those who have recently begun taking or changed medications, those having difficulty controlling blood sugar, and those who have experienced serious consequences of the disease such as vision or foot problems, ulcers, amputations, kidney conditions or hospitalization.
Mercy's program qualifies for reimbursement from most insurance plans, and is accredited by both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Its curriculum is a recognized educational program of both of these associations and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Programs.
If you or someone you know might benefit from this program, please call 516-62MERCY for more information and/or to register.
For a printable brochure describing the program, click here.
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