A physician referral is required for admission to the Summa Center for Diabetes Care. If you are interested in participating in the program, please consult your physician. Education can be the key to controlling your illness and living a healthy, happy life. Let the Summa Center for Diabetes Care teach you the facts about diabetes.
About our educational sessions
Patients who participate in our comprehensive program undergo an assessment interview with a diabetes nurse-educator and a dietitian to determine the level of educational needs. After the initial assessment, the patient will attend group sessions. Individual sessions are available for patients with special needs. After the series of educational sessions, patients attend an individual follow-up appointment with the center's dietitians. Finally, follow-up calls from the center's staff gauge patient progress.
What you'll learn
The goal of the Summa Center for Diabetes Care is to provide you with the tools you need to live a healthy life and control your disease. As a participant in our program, you will learn about:
- General knowledge of diabetes
- Controlling high and low blood sugar
- The latest diabetes research
- Using diabetes medications including oral medication and insulin
- Planning your meals, reading food labels every day, and dining out and traveling
- Long-term management skills
- General hygiene, skin and foot care
- Prevention of diabetes-related complications
- Managing diabetes during a brief illness
- Community and health care resources
- The benefits of exercise
- Home blood glucose monitoring and interpreting blood glucose results
- Daily living concerns and family involvement
- The benefits and responsibilities of care
- Educating your family
- We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you to class. The participation of support people will help you to commit to a healthy way of life.
Paying for services
The Summa Center for Diabetes Care will bill directly to all health insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. Patients are responsible for expenses not covered by their insurance company; please consult your insurance provider before entering the program. Financial counselors are available. For more information, call the Summa Center for Diabetes Care at (330) 379-5680.