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Diabetes Education


Bridgton Hospital Offers Special Services to Diabetes Patients

Living with diabetes is not always easy, but the good news is that it can be managed. Bridgton Hospital offers diabetes patients a Self-Management Training Program, an educational program that can help diabetes patients live a healthier life.

Our Certified Diabetes Educator teaches the eight hour course four times a year. The educator provides information, motivation and support to help patients manage and control diabetes. Speakers generally include the dietitian (also a Certified Diabetes Educator), a pharmacist, eye doctor & an occupational therapist from the therapy department.

This program is based on guidelines set by the Diabetes Control Project of Maine and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Anyone with diabetes is eligible for this program. We encourage a family member or support person to attend at no additional cost.

Please note: Most people who have diabetes do not notice symptoms. That is why it is important to have regular glucose checks, along with your annual physical exam. This is especially important for people with a family history of diabetes.

Symptoms that are indicative of diabetes and should be reported to your primary healthcare provider include: Extreme thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger and unexplained weight loss.

Diabetes classes cover:

    1. An overview of diabetes
    2. Nutritional management
    3. Risk factors
    4. Hypoglycemia/Hyperglycemia
    5. Exercise
    6. Medications
    7. Blood glucose monitoring
    8. Managing sick days
    9. Foot care
    10. Preventing complications
    11. Stress management
    12. Psychological adjustments

How the program works:

First, patients meet individually with the educator to assess his/her understanding of diabetes and its management. Your lifestyle and needs will be assessed, and educational goals will be created. The program also includes:
    1. A meeting with a Registered Dietitian to develop an individualized meal plan.
    2. Ten hours of classroom participation, including instruction by staff and guest speakers.
    3. A one-month follow-up to review materials, goals and answer questions.
    4. A three, six, nine and twelve month follow-up to review and revise goals.

How to sign up:

A physician's referral is required for this program. For more information, call 207-647-6060 or call the outpatient clinic at 207-647–6120. Class size is limited.

Payment :

Many insurance companies will cover all or part of this program. Contact your health insurance provider to find out what type of coverage you have.

If you should need financial assistance, contact the billing office at 1-888-869–3101 to discuss payment options.