- Instruct patient on pathophysiology of disease, diet, exercise & use of meds.Assess vital signs, any post operative complications, reaction to meds & activity and notification of changes in patient condition through regular skilled visits.
- Educate patient/caregiver on managing signs and symptoms of hypo/hyperglycemia.
- Instruct patient on how to use blood glucose monitoring equipment.
- Educate patient/caregiver on importance of maintaining a blood glucose log and levels that need to be reported to their doctor or nurse.
- Assistance with personal care and ADL’s by our Home Health Aide/Certified Nursing Assistants
- Assess the patient’s skin integrity for signs and symptoms of diabetic ulcers.
- Create a medication profile worksheet.
- Instruct on side effects of medication.
- Review all medication for contraindications and interactions.
- Customize a realistic medication schedule.
- Instruct in proper technique for insulin administration. Emphasize site rotation & cleanliness prior to discharge.
- Assess home environment.
- Coordination of care with respect to DME, Private Duty, Social Services, etc.
- Instruct on foot care. Make recommendation for DPM.
- Instruct on prevention of renal and dental problems.
- Instruct on proper vision care and regular follow ups/check ups with Opthamologist.
- Low-vision rehabilitation: For those patients diagnosed with low vision impairment, our Occupational Therapist will help develop a program to assist the patient become independent with necessary activities of daily living.
- Teach patient/caregiver the proper discard of biomedical waste.
- Assess patient’s attitude about managing disease.
- Instruct on coping skills to manage disease process and maintain compliance.
- Assess the response to treatment/intervention.
- Describe how and where supplies can be obtained.
- Coordinate contact with support groups if necessary.
- Describe importance of seeing PCP and other healthcare providers regularly.