Diabetes Management: Successful Care Plan for Diabetes Patients
Diabetes Management: Successful
Care Plan for Diabetes Patients
25.8 million Americans have
diabetes, that’s an astonishing
8.3 percent of the population.
And even more staggering, one
in four U.S. residents aged 65
and older have diabetes.
With a range of associated issues
for poorly managed diabetes,
including kidney failure, heart
disease and stroke, it’s extremely
important to have an established
care program and daily regimen
for diabetes management.
Sharon Roth Maguire, nurse practitioner and Vice President of
Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, explains how
a full understanding of diabetes and coping skills are necessary for
a successful care program.
“For the most effective plan, everyone involved in the process
including the patient, caretakers and family should be confident in
their knowledge of diabetes and how it effects the patient,” says
Maguire. “With daily foot inspections, healthy eating habits and
accurate blood sugar tracking, it’s very possible for diabetes
patients to successfully self-manage their condition.”
BrightStar Care and Maguire utilize a combination of self-managed
and team-based care program for an effective diabetes care plan.
Together, a registered nurse and caregivers develop a specialized
care program that helps patients optimize their wellness.
The Clinical Pathways for Diabetes plan includes learning safe
needle disposal, proper procedure for daily foot inspections,
weight management strategies, medication adherence,
appointment coordination and regular checks of vital signs and
blood glucose levels.
With the program, the patients and their families gain the
knowledge and coping skills needed for diabetes management and
its related conditions.
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