This class is designed to provide crucial education to patients with diabetes on how to live with their disease state, set goals for themselves to improve control of their disease state, and reduce complications of diabetes through better understanding of the disease as well of reduction of risk factors such as weight/BMI, hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol. This is covered by Medicare and other private insurances.
Topics covered in the program can be seen below:
- Class 1: Reducing Risk (2 hours)
- Class 2: Monitoring and Problem Solving (2 hours)
- Class 3: Healthy Eating and Exercise (2 hours)
- Class 4: Taking Medications and Healthy Coping (2 hours)
What is the structure of the Series?
- Family members are encouraged to attend
- These classes are designed to be very interactive. The instructor will have a handout for each patient and a presentation to go off of; however, patients are there to learn from each other. Each patient should feel comfortable to ask questions, say what has worked for them, and ask what has worked for other class members.
- Patients who have not reached target glycemic goals or need assistance in reaching his/her goals may be referred to the program from his/her physician. (If the patient does not have a primary care physician, the pharmacist will work with the patient to find a physician.
- Patients may be identified by physician referral, self-referral, health and wellness screenings, and diabetes focused wellness events. If not by physician referral, a referring physician must be found for the patient.
Dr. Comfort Shoes
Why do diabetics need special shoes?
Many diabetics have foot complications due to poor circulation and decreased feeling and sensation in the extremities. Due to this loss of sensation, if they wear poorly fit shoes in just hours they can develop sores on their feet and not even feel them. This can lead to infections and complications that could result in amputation of toes or even the whole foot. The combination of the shoe and customized insert prevents friction by maintaining contact with the bottom of the foot to prevent slipping, and the shoe is roomier than typical shoes on the market. They also have extra padding, especially on the tongue, smooth lining, a protective toe box, firm heals for extra support and stability and padded heel collar to prevent irritation while providing support at the ankle.
If the patient has Medicare what will it cost?
Medicare Part B will reimburse 80% of the cost, and then depending if they have a supplemental insurance plan the patient will owe anywhere from 0-20%