November is Diabetes Awareness Month! Awareness months like this help to shed light on the challenges faced by those living with diabetes and the importance of proactive healthcare. Northern Nevada HOPES is dedicated to providing a holistic care system for individuals managing diabetes and prediabetes with personalized care and education.
Guidance with Community Health Workers (CHWs):
In the spirit of Diabetes Awareness Month, our team of dedicated Community Health Workers plays a large role in guiding patients through their diabetes care journey. They engage with patients on a personal level, understanding their unique needs and working together on a path toward wellness. Our CHWs are the compass, navigating individuals through our range of services and ensuring they receive the support required for effective diabetes management.
Individualized Nutritional Counseling:
HOPES offers nutritional counseling sessions. We have two registered dietitians on staff and we prioritize understanding each patient’s dietary habits and preferences. During one-hour, one-on-one sessions, patients receive tailored guidance, emphasizing lifestyle changes rather than advocating for one-size-fits-all diets. This approach empowers individuals to make informed choices about their food intake, fostering sustainable and enjoyable changes.
Interactive Diabetes Education Classes:
We extend our commitment to education through 13-week English and Spanish Diabetes education classes. These sessions cover topics such as nutrition, stress management, and medication education. Patients not only gain knowledge but also build a supportive community with others facing similar challenges. These classes strive to empower individuals to understand the reasons behind recommendations and provide diverse tools for effective sugar level management.
In-House Retina Exams:
Part of our proactive care includes our in-house retina exams for diabetic patients. This annual, non-invasive procedure involves capturing images of the back of the eyes to assess vein health. Early detection is crucial for preserving eyesight, and our team ensures a quick and comfortable experience, with results typically available within 24 to 48 hours.
Prescription for Healthier Food Options:
Amidst the awareness efforts for diabetes, we address the impact of food insecurity on health. For patients experiencing food insecurity, we provide a food prescription valid for a year. This prescription allows patients to access healthier food options from various community food pantries on a weekly basis, promoting a nutritious and balanced diet.
As we observe Diabetes Awareness Month, Northern Nevada HOPES remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering individuals to manage diabetes. Through personalized guidance, educational initiatives, proactive screenings, and addressing food insecurity, we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of our patients. Together, we build awareness, understanding, and a community that values holistic health, ensuring that the spirit of Diabetes Awareness Month resonates throughout the year.