Living with diabetes makes life’s complications overwhelming at times.
The nurses at Saint Francis Hospital receive additional education concerning the care of patients with diabetes, specifically in the care of patients whose treatment of current illness is further complicated by the fact that they have diabetes.
We understand that diabetes changes the way we look at and manage everything. Care is coordinated with our Diabetes Education and Support Program staff to educate and assist if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or if you are currently having difficulty managing the disorder.
Diabetes Education and Support Program
The Saint Francis Diabetes Education and Support Program is recognized by The American Diabetes Association as meeting The National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education. The program focus is on preparing patients for safe discharge from the hospital through education, planning, follow up and ongoing support. Our outpatients enjoy the educational experience of the individual classes, which give educators the opportunity to address any personal concerns in a quiet and confidential setting. Physician referral is required. For information on registration and appointments call (901) 765-2492.
Diabetes Support Group
The support group is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Clare Hall. The Support Group is designed to offer continuing education and emotional support to those who must care for themselves, family members or friends with diabetes. No appointment or physician order is necessary to attend. There is no fee to attend meetings, which are open to the public.
Community Seminars are a great way to share serious, but non-traditional educational information in a not so threatening way. Perhaps even making it fun to learn! Watch for information on upcoming seminars.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, the Diabetes Care Center Unit and Diabetes Education and Support Program at Saint Francis Hospital are here to help. For more information on our services, please contact the Diabetes Education Office at (901) 765-2492.