(HealthNewsDigest.com) - 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, that's an astonishing 8.3 percent of the population. And even more staggering, one in four U.S. residents aged 65 and older have diabetes. With a range of associated issues for poorly managed diabetes, including kidney failure, heart disease and stroke, it's extremely important to have an established care program and daily regimen to help manage the disease.
Sharon Roth Maguire, nurse practitioner and Senior Vice President, Quality and Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care®, explains how full understanding of diabetes and coping skills are necessary for a successful care program.
"For the most effective plan, everyone involved in the process including the patient, caretakers and family should be confident in their knowledge of diabetes and how it effects the patient," says Maguire. "With daily foot inspections, healthy eating habits and accurate blood sugar tracking, it's very possible for diabetes patients to successfully self-manage their condition."
BrightStar Care and Maguire utilize a combination of self-managed and team-based care program for an effective diabetes care plan. Together, a registered nurse and caregivers develop a specialized care program that helps patients optimize their wellness. The Clinical Pathways for Diabetes plan includes learning safe needle disposal, proper procedure for daily foot inspections, weight management strategies, medication adherence, appointment coordination and regular checks of vital signs and blood glucose levels. With the program, the patients and their families gain the knowledge and coping skills needed to manage diabetes and its related conditions.
Please contact me if you would like additional information on BrightStar Care's diabetes Clinical Pathway or to schedule an interview with Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC from BrightStar Care.
Founded in 2002 as a family business, BrightStar Care® provides the full continuum of homecare and childcare, including pediatric, adult and elder care, newborn care, babysitter, and nanny services. BrightStar delivers skilled person-centered care to clients one-on-one in their home or wherever and whenever they need care through its more than 250 independently owned and operated locations nationwide. The Gurnee, Illinois, based company also offers medical staffing services for individuals, families, healthcare facilities, and anywhere healthcare staff is needed. For more information, visit them online at www.BrightStarCare.com, on Facebook at "BrightStar Care" or on Twitter @brightstarcare.
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