Diabetes Self Care
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) of the Hoke County Health Department (HCHD) has been serving the residents since August 2011. The program focuses on empowering diabetic patients through education and demonstrations on self-management. Patients receive information on monitoring, meal planning, medications, complications, sick days care, exercising, and stress management.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes
The program begins with a one-on-one assessment, then with a comprehensive group class, followed by a three-month return visit. An annual refresher is offered, based on program completion. Patients stay in continuous contact with our staff to ensure positive progress. The goal is to decrease blood pressure, blood glucose, A1C’s, total cholesterol, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Another goal is to increase daily self-foot exams. Our educators (Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, and Health Educator II) are trained and experienced in caring for the needs of diabetic patients. Diabetic patients are encouraged to participate in our monthly Diabetes Support Group on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a component of the DSMP. It is a comprehensive health care service that provides Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, and individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses that can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. MNT can increase consumer’s health and well-being, and increase productivity and satisfaction levels through decreased doctor visits, hospitalizations and reduced prescription drug use. MNT is provided by a Registered Dietitian (RD), who must be licensed by the state of North Carolina.
The DSMP and MNT accept Medicare, Medicaid, and third party private insurance. Services are offered to all patients referred by their physicians. Fees are based on a sliding fee scale.