It wasn’t long ago when a Rutland County child, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, had to go to Fletcher Allen or Dartmouth Hitchcock for a two day, in/outpatient “diabetes boot camp” for intense education of the disease.

In addition, homebound patients had no access to personalized diabetes education.

That is no longer the case. Patients and their families can now receive these much needed services in the comfort of their own home.

In order to help break down the barrier to accessing these services,  Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH), in partnership with the Rutland Diabetes and Endocrinology Center (RDEC) has developed a home health solution to deliver these diabetes education services in our community.

The Diabetes Homeschool Education Program serves both adult and pediatric diabetes patients in Rutland County by bringing education and care directly into the patients’ homes. This allows patients to more readily engage, and the information is more meaningful to them in their “real life” setting.

Understanding Diabetes and Its Effects Helps Patients in a Number of Ways:

  •   Improves the patient’s relationship and communication with their health care provider which can enhance the physician’s ability to support management of the disease.
  •   Empowers the patient for healthy self-care behaviors.
  •   Reduces hospitalizations.
  •   Provides support for families to learn and manage the disease.
  •   Lessens unnecessary stress on families.

The main component of this program is education. Our staff is equipped with comprehensive teaching tools to drive home the importance of maintaining good health while living with diabetes. Every patient will be provided quality up-to-date education materials about their diabetes.

To make learning fun, each child will receive their own personal backpack with educational materials and additional resources designed for children, including a special friend,  Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes® —Rufus Comes Home, A First Book for Understanding Diabetes, reference books and DVD to teach about diabetes, blood glucose meter and other educational items.

Click here to learn more and to print the informational flyer about this important program being offered in Rutland County.