Self-Care Coaching in Diabetes Care: A Fresh New Approach

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At Diabetes Insight we specialize in Self-Care Coaching for People with Diabetes. We have also built an integrated team of professionals around us at our centre in the Cork Health & Lifestyle Centre including psychology, nutrition, fitness and HbA1c screening to support a persons self-care.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care in diabetes is regarded as the development of knowledge or awareness by learning to survive with the complex nature of the diabetes. Because the vast majority of day-to-day care in diabetes is handled by patients and/ or families, there is an important need for reliable and valid measures for self-management of diabetes.

 

7 Behaviors that Predict Good Diabetes Outcomes

 

There are seven essential self-care behaviors in people with diabetes which predict good outcomes.

These are:

  • healthy eating
  • being physically active
  • monitoring of blood sugar
  • compliant with medications
  • good problem-solving skills
  • healthy coping skills
  • risk-reduction behaviors

All these seven behaviors have been proven to aid with good glycemic control, reduction of complications and improvement in quality of life.

 

Our Approach to Diabetes Self-Care

At Diabetes Insight, self-care in health care and a patient centred approach is central to our philosophy. We use a number of tools, techniques and resources to help people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively.

  • Personalised plans tailored to your life outside of diabetes
  • High Quality Tailored Information
  • Access to Structured Education
  • Access to healthcare professional and trained specialist advice when required
  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Provide support for peer family, friends and carers
  • Supporting behaviour changes
  • Learning problem-solving skills
  • Coping Skills

It is essential that information about the condition, education and training is a key component of the self-management approach. It also needs to be recognised that people who have more than one long-term condition will need the information, skills and training to manage the different needs of their conditions.

We also look at key self-management activities specific to diabetes care and living with diabetes are:

  • Managing the relationships between food, activity and medications
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose, blood pressure and having retinal screening carried out
  • Targeting goals tailored to individual need, for example around footcare, weight loss, injection technique and self-monitoring activities
  • Applying sick day rules when ill, or what to do if going into hospital
  • Understanding diabetes, what care to expect and how to access services
  • Managing acute complications – hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia
  • Understanding legislative issues such as those related to employment and driving.

 

The Benefits of Self Care in Diabetes

  • Fewer primary care consultations,
  • Reduction in visits to outpatient departments and A&E
  • Reduced length of stay when in hospital
  • Better communication between professionals and patients
  • Behaviour change leading to a healthier lifestyle
  • Better symptom management resulting in a reduction in pain, stress, anxiety, depression and tiredness
  • Improved feelings of wellbeing and coping skills
  • Improved quality of life and health outcomes
  • Improved understanding of the person’s own condition
  • Greater independence and increased patient satisfaction.

To contact Diabetes Insight to learn more how we can help you to self manage your diabetes control etc, please fill out the form below

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