Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or you have had diabetes for years, education is the key to controlling it and to improving your overall health. Along with you and your physician, our educators will assist in developing an education plan to meet all of your individual needs. Our program offers education and learning opportunities in the following ways:
- Comprehensive diabetes education
- Individual education and planning sessions with clinicians
- Patient-focused “Self-Management Planning”
- A team approach to diabetes management
- Answers to all your diabetes-related questions
- Patient-based goal setting
- Peer and community support
- Ongoing access to current diabetes information
- Continued education through follow-up
Comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes
Ocala Health’s Diabetes Program has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education.*
Our comprehensive diabetes education program is coordinated by a certified diabetes educator and taught by registered dietitians and nurses. Our group classes are offered in a relaxed and personable community setting. We encourage you to bring your spouse, friend, or family member to all of your educational sessions. This program also includes an individual session with a clinician to meet your specific needs. During this program, you will learn about the following topics:
- Understanding the disease process of diabetes
- Meal planning
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Physical activity
- Understanding diabetes medications
- Stress management and coping skills
- Insulin administration
- Low blood sugar management
- Avoiding chronic complications
Continuing Education with Follow-Up
We offer individual or group sessions that provide an opportunity for you to continue developing the skills you need and to provide you with the most updated information to manage your diabetes. These sessions are offered after the completion of our comprehensive diabetes education program and are taught by a certified diabetes educator.
Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Taking Control of Your Diabetes is our monthly meeting that provides support, encouragement, and information to people with diabetes and to their friends and families. This program is facilitated by a certified diabetes educator and is offered free of charge by Ocala Health.
Registration and Referral Process
All comprehensive and follow-up diabetes education classes require a physician referral and are billed to your insurance company. Before you register for a program, you will need to contact us at (352) 237-2441 and provide us with your physician’s name and your insurance information. We will contact your physician’s office and obtain a referral. Once we have the referral and insurance confirmation, we will call and schedule your classes.
Our classes are held at the Senior Wellness Community Center located at 9850 SW 84th Court, Suite 500. To reach the Senior Wellness Community Center, please call us at (352) 237-2094. For more information about Ocala Health’s diabetes programs, please call (352) 237-2441.