Henry Ford at Home’s Diabetes Care at Home Program helps patients monitor their condition and provides tools to help manage diabetes safely at home. As part of the Diabetes Care at Home Program, patients receive home health nursing visits from Henry Ford Home Health Care, with the option to add Henry Ford e-Home Care services, including telehealth monitoring. Henry Ford at Home also carries a full line of diabetic supplies and healthy living items through Henry Ford Health Products.
What to Expect
Participation in Henry Ford at Home’s Diabetes Care at Home Program begins with an initial visit by a Home Health Care nurse within 48 hours of your doctor’s referral. Nurses and/or therapists will make three to four visits per week for the first two weeks, and will gradually decrease frequency to prepare for discharge from Home Health Care.
The Home Health Care nurse will:
- Make a list of your medications and communicate with your doctor to be sure that he/she knows what medications you are taking.
- Help you make an appointment to see your doctor within one week of discharge.
- Recommend to you and your doctor products and services to improve your ability to care for yourself.
- Work with your doctor to adjust your Plan of Care to prevent you from feeling worse or going back into the hospital.
- Assist in getting any equipment that you will need to care for yourself after your home health care service has ended.
Your nurse/therapist will teach:
- Signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugars
- Name, purpose, dose and side effects of medications
- Proper use of your glucometer (blood sugar meter)
- Ways to prevent long-term complications of diabetes mellitus
- Measures to improve your ability to control your blood sugar
- When to report symptoms to your doctor or go to the emergency department
- Risk factors relating to DM and signs of disease complications
- How to care for your equipment (glucometer)
- How to exercise safely
- How to make everyday tasks easier
- Importance of early symptom control to prevent hospitalization
Your nurse will assess and monitor:
- Your vital signs and blood sugar
- Your understanding of your medications and disease
- Safety factors in your home
- Your activity levels
- Your ability to be independent at home
- The need for additional disciplines to help you, such as a medical social worker, home health aide, or a registered dietitian