The Care New England Wellness Center offers a variety of patient-teaching programs and dietitian consultations for people living with diabetes including gestational diabetes.
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Diabetes Outpatient Education (DOE)
Our diabetes program has been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs and is a state-certified Diabetes Outpatient Education (DOE) site.
The program meets for 2 hours once a week over a 5-week period and includes an individual appointment with a nurse practitioner and registered dietitian. This program is ongoing with evening and morning sessions available. After completing the series, there is a 3-month follow-up appointment. The Program includes:
- Pre-screening and individual goal setting
- What is diabetes?
- Diet planning
- Alcohol and eating out
- High and low blood sugar
- Monitoring blood sugar and ketones
- Sick day rules
- Insulin and other anti-diabetic drugs
- Insulin injection
- Risk factors and complications
- Foot care and hygiene
- Taking control of diabetes through your lifestyle
- Stress and psychological factors in diabetes
A 1997 Rhode Island law mandates insurance coverage for diabetes education when ordered by physicians. Patients are encouraged to call their insurance company for information regarding co-pays. Private consultations are available with certified diabetes educators, including nurse practitioners and registered dietitians.