Chester River Hospital Center`s Education Department offers comprehensive diabetes counseling for Type I and Type II diabetics. Our certified diabetes educators tailor each counseling session to meet the needs of the patient, beginning with an effective education process and concluding with successful management of the disease.
The Diabetes Counseling Program requires pre-registration, and begins with a doctor`s referral.
Diabetic Support Group
Education is the key to preventing and managing this disease which, if untreated, can have serious consequences. Education will allow a diabetic to work with his or her physician, diabetes educator, dietitian and others to better manage the disease.
Diabetics and those at risk for developing diabetes need to stay informed about new treatments and management supplies. Chester River Hospital Center`s Diabetic Support Group provides current information to diabetic patients and their families as well as giving them an opportunity to socialize and receive emotional support.
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Medical Services Building at 100 Brown Street, Chestertown.
For more information call Barbara McDanolds, M.A., R.N., C.D.E., at 410- 778-7668, extension 2175.
Living with Diabetes
What is the Living with Diabetes education program?
This is an in-depth six-week class that helps individuals with diabetes understand and better manage their condition. The self-management education program is designed to help diabetics learn to control their blood sugar and minimize the potentially severe complications of diabetes.
Who would benefit from attending the program?
Both Type I and Type II diabetics will find the program helpful; it has something to offer both newly diagnosed diabetics and those who have been living with the disease for years.
Who are the instructors?
Certified diabetes educators, along with guest health care professionals, including a podiatrist, pharmacist, psychologist and cardiac rehabilitation nurse, teach the sessions.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
All potential participants are encouraged to contact their physician to obtain a referral.
Is there a fee to attend the program?
The cost of the program is $195 and includes educational materials, a personal dietary consultation with a registered dietician and a shopping tour at a local supermarket to learn about product selection. Medicare and some insurance companies may cover the cost of the class with a doctor`s referral, so interested participants should check with their doctor and insurance provider to confirm coverage.
Do I need to register to attend the program?
Yes, each participant is required to have a pre-assessment interview with the coordinator before the program begins. You may register by calling Barbara McDanolds, MA, RN, CDE at 410-778-7668, extension 2175.
May I bring someone with me to the classes?
Because diabetes management requires a change in lifestyle, all participants are encouraged to invite a support person to attend the sessions with them. The person can be invaluable in helping the diabetic adjust to living with diabetes.