Each November, we spend the month spreading the word about diabetes symptoms, testing, and treatments as active participants in Diabetes Awareness Month. In addition, each November 14th, we join together with diabetes advocacy organizations and healthcare professionals to observe World Diabetes Day. Together, these joint celebrations shine a spotlight on diabetes, a disease that affects 34.2 million Americans (1 in 10!), with numbers that are expected to rise even higher in the next few years.
Hopefully you’ve already noticed that the social media outlets managed by Home Care Delivered (including our Facebook and Twitter feeds) have been featuring diabetes information every day this month, including statistics on the disease, data that shows how to recognize symptoms, and information about how to manage the disease better. Be sure to follow our social media so you don’t miss any of the great information we are sharing there.
The Theme for 2020: Celebrating Nurses
The theme of the 2020 World Diabetes Day Celebration is “The Nurse and Diabetes.” According to The International Diabetes Federation, this year’s campaign “aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.”
As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise throughout the world, nurses, as well as other professionals in the healthcare industry, including physician assistants and home health aides, will become even more essential in helping people diagnose the condition and develop the habits that will allow them to live well with diabetes. Even today, nurses are often the most common health professional that a person with diabetes interacts with on a regular basis. Nurses answer questions and assess symptoms, they get to know the patient so they can judge when something seems abnormal, and they are the first line of defense when treatment doesn’t seem to be going well.
In fact, both in the United States and throughout the world, nurses play a vital and key role in:
- Diagnosing diabetes early to ensure prompt treatment.
- Providing self-management training and psychological support for people with diabetes to help prevent complications.
- Tackling the risk factors for type 2 diabetes to help prevent the condition even before it begins.
The Role of Nurses at Home Care Delivered
You might not know that Home Care Delivered has a team of Registered Nurses (RNs) on staff. Our Clinical Team assists customers, caregivers, referral sources, physician offices, and other HCD teammates, particularly our phone reps who interact with our customers every day, to ensure everyone has the best information about the products our customers’ need.
Our RNs provide training on medical conditions and products, including diabetes, so that customers calling HCD speak to reps who actually understand the supplies they are ordering. Our nurses also provide quality assurance that our customers receive the quantity of diabetes supplies needed each month and ensure that the right products ship to the customer at the right times to avoid any interruptions.
Keeping an Eye on Diabetes All Year Long
While the team at HCD is digging deep into diabetes during the month of November as we celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day, we want you to know that we think about how best to serve our diabetes customers all year long. This includes keeping up to date on new diabetes research, carrying the newest products in order to make sure our customers have the most accurate and easy to use monitors, and working closely with doctors, nurses, and insurance companies to ensure we supply our customers with the best customer service possible.
Our blog has plenty of resources for customers looking for diabetes information including:
This blog digs into the factors that affect blood sugar levels and shows how to keep track of a diabetic’s blood sugar level to ensure it is normal for them.
This blog discusses common risk factors for diabetes including family history, age, and activity level.
Not all continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are created equally. This blog discusses the differences between the different monitors and highlights which might be best for you or the diabetic in your life.
Monitoring glucose levels at home can be a big life change. This blog helps people new to diabetes get familiar with the process of monitoring their blood glucose.
In addition, HCD has printable blood glucose logs (also available in Spanish) that you can download and use to keep track of your blood glucose levels and share with your health professionals.
HCD Can Help You Stay on Track
To better manage diabetes all year long, see our selection of diabetes supplies, and let our team give you a call by entering your phone number at the bottom left of this screen. If you are interested in a CGM, we have a wide range of options. You can also see our guide to CGM devices. During the month of November, and every day, the diabetes specialists at HCD can help with product selection and answer questions about continuous glucose monitors. Our customer care representatives are knowledgeable, and our team of registered nurses is ready to help. We accept insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, and ship within 48 hours after the order is approved.
We’re excited to celebrate World Diabetes Day with you. We’ll look forward to being your partner for diabetes supplies in 2020 and in the years to come.
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