doctor checking her patient

Common Conditions or Diagnosis for Diabetes Program

  • Diagnosis of Diabetes Type I or Type II
  • Diabetes with Polyneuropathy
  • Decreased or Funny Sensations – Weakness
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Changes in Vision

Diabetes is a serious and chronic disease that occurs when the body does not have the ability to produce insulin or enough insulin to metabolize glucose.¹ There is no known cure for the disease, but research continues to make progress.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. For people over the age of 65 years old, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, have been diagnosed with the disease. Early diagnosis is important so appropriate diabetic care and management can be initiated. Some complications include heart disease and stroke(68%), high blood pressure(67%), blindness(4.4%), kidney disease, nervous system disease (neuropathy)(60%-70%), and amputation.² In order to reduce the complications listed above, management of this disease is essential. Modern-day approaches to diabetes primarily rely upon dietary and lifestyle management, often combined with regular ongoing blood glucose level monitoring.³

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Skilled Nursing

  • Complete History and Physical Assessment
  • Medication Review and Teaching
  • Nutrition and Diet Education
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring and Teaching
  • Disease Process Teaching
  • Skin Assessment and Skin Care Education
  • Wound Care (if needed)
  • Insulin Injection Implementation and Compliance
  • Educational Tools for Patient and Caregiver

Physical Therapy

  • Complete Therapy Assessment
  • Strength and ROM Assessment
  • Sensory & Proprioception Assessment
  • Ambulation and Balance Assessment
  • Neurological Testing
  • Strengthening and Conditioning
  • Home Safety Evaluation
  • Patient /Caregiver Education
  • Equipment Evaluation and Proper Use
checking blood sugar level

Occupational Therapy

  • Complete OT Assessment
  • ADL’s Retraining
  • Work Modification
  • Visual Acuity Assessment and Re-training

Home Health Aide
Grooming and Bathing Assistance Light Housekeeping Pertaining to Patient Care Area

¹ 2011, National Diabetes Education Program
² 2011, American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Statistics
³ 2011, Diabetes Management, Wikipedia