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Supporting People with Diabetes
In these times, living with diabetes is not easy as COVID-19 has brought extra challenges for every member of our community. It is crucial for a person with diabetes to have optimal control of their condition, so they are best protected in the event of any illness.
Optimising diabetes management requires daily decision-making regarding food choices, activity levels and taking medication. Knowing that help, advice, education, care, and support is available from Diabetes Ireland is an added benefit to the support received from your GP or diabetes healthcare team.
Over the past 12 months, Diabetes Ireland has had to evolve and move many of its education services online. This was because almost the entirety of our education services was previously delivered face-to-face. In 2021, we will be focusing on;
- Maintaining our helpline so we are available for people with concerns and queries.
- Increasing our online presence and developing a number of online awareness campaigns that increase understanding of diabetes and its impact.
- Delivering a range of education webinars to our community ensuring there is content that will be of benefit for everyone whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
- Delivering 30 virtual Type 2 diabetes Code programmes.
- Delivering a Carbohydrate Counting programme for people with Type 1 diabetes so they can access CGM technology.
- Updating Diabetes Smart, our online Pre-Diabetes/Type 2 Diabetes education programme to make it more easily accessible for users.
- Keeping our Care Centres open in Dublin and Cork and ensure that people with diabetes can be seen for both eyecare and footcare screening.
- Advocating for improved HSE diabetes services nationwide and tackling the issues that are important to our community.
Our diabetes helpline, online and social media channels remain open with direct telephone access to our diabetes healthcare professionals for all those who personally contact us for up-to-date government information on COVID 19 and practical diabetes management information in the absence of public service diabetes services. Access to our online services via our website and social media platforms is increasing daily with over 30,000 visitors accessing our Covid & Diabetes Management Section.
Our Care Centre services in Dublin and Cork are now fully operational providing podiatry services (click here to make an appointment) and access to Diabetic RetinaScreen services each day. Our Counselling services are also available via one-to-one virtual appointments (click here for more information).
We have introduced education webinars for people living with diabetes and their families. Since October 2020, we have held 6 webinars to date, all of which have been extremely well attended with very positive feedback from attendees. Some of these webinars were specifically for people with Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes while others were for everyone living with diabetes.
The aim of the webinars is to provide people with practical information around the challenges of living with diabetes at this time. They are delivered by doctors, nurses and dietitians covering a wide range of relevant topics and for 2021 we plan on hosting monthly education webinars. Registration will normally be through our website so do keep an eye on our website or sign up to our ezine.
For people with Type 2 diabetes who may wish to take part in a peer-to-peer programme facilitated by a Dietitian/Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Ireland has developed its CODE Type 2 diabetes structured education programme to be delivered in an online format. The programme which provides information on all aspects of living with Type 2 diabetes consists of 3 x 2-hour sessions delivered over 3 consecutive weeks and a final 2-hour session after 6 months and is available free of charge from Diabetes Ireland. Click here to register.
For people with Type 2 diabetes who may not have the time to take part in a CODE programme, we have an online diabetes education programme called “Diabetes Smart”, which is designed to help people manage their condition in daily life. The programme is a 55-minute online series of videos, quizzes, and visual tools that people can watch and participate in, from the comfort of their own homes.
With schools reopening, we also continue to educate and support teachers and Special Needs Assistants in the management of school going children with Type 1 diabetes via online virtual platforms.
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