Diabetic Management Programs
Diabetes is a condition that makes it difficult for your body to turn the food that you eat into energy. When you eat, your body releases insulin, a hormone that helps convert the sugar from your food into energy. If your body does not make enough insulin, or if your body does not use the insulin well, sugar builds up in your blood and can cause damage to your nerves and blood vessels. High blood sugar can also lead to heart attack, stroke, or other serious health problems.
Both Elders Inn and Waters Edge Lodge offer a choice of diabetic management programs that allow diabetics of all levels, even insulin-dependent, to enjoy the amenities of assisted living while receiving services normally only available at a nursing home.
The basic diabetes program is a monthly program that can be added to a standard Assisted Living or Respite Care contact. It consists of all standard services and amenities including 3 meals daily from a Dietitian reviewed menu, medication management, daily oversight by a licensed nurse, and participation in group exercise and wellness classes, PLUS:
- Monitoring the Resident’s physician ordered diabetic diet (Reduced Concentrated Sweets and/or Consistent Carb)
- Monitor self-administered blood glucose checks
- Monitor self-injection of insulin by trained staff
Who is the Basic Program For?
This program is designed for residents of Waters Edge Lodge on Harbor Bay and Elders Inn on Webster who need only light assistance managing their diabetes; it is open to both long-term and respite residents.
How Much Does the Basic Program Cost?
The basic program is an additional monthly fee of $250 per month. (Less than $8.25 a day)
The Premium Program
The premium program, like the basic, is an optional monthly addition to the resident’s contract; it includes all aspects of the basic program PLUS:
- Administer finger stick blood sugar checks
- Insulin injections by a licensed nurse up to 4 times a day
Who is the Premium Program For?
This program is designed to accommodate residents needing additional assistance or sliding scale insulin management; it is open to both long-term and respite residents.
How Much Does the Premium Program Cost?
The premium program is an additional $600 a month. (Less than $20 a day)
New Diabetic Training Program
Designed for newly diagnosed diabetics, this month long program includes all aspects of the basic program PLUS: a consultation with a Registered Dietitian to review menu options and training by licensed nursing staff to help the newly diagnosed diabetic learn to manage his or her own care.