COPC Senior Care Advantage Innovative Diabetes Management program was developed to provide education and support
for patients living with Adult Type 1 and Adult Type 2 diabetes. We’ll teach you the skills you need to
manage your disease and reduce its potential long-term effects. There are now many effective treatments
for diabetes, that greatly reduce the risks of often preventable and serious complications.
Unique to this program at COPC is that every member of the diabetes education team is also living well
with diabetes, so we personally understand the challenges you face every day. When you join one of our
classes, you will be joined by men and women like you who are looking for ways to enhance their health
and well‐being through education. Not only will you learn more about living with diabetes, but you’ll
enjoy being a part of it and gain confidence as you learn more, be more proactive in your treatment
and start feeling your best.
Patients covered by the COPC Senior Care Advantage program are eligible to enroll in the
Innovative Diabetes Management program, with a referral from a COPC primary care physician.
Referred patients will receive a call from one of the program schedulers. They will discuss
the program with you and what you need to do to fully participate and get the full benefit.
These steps include:
Step 1 Getting Ready: Once you are recommended for the Innovative Diabetes Management
program, you will receive a diabetes questionnaire. Please complete in advance and bring
it with you to the first class. If you are not currently testing your blood sugar at home,
you will need to learn how. We will offer glucose meter training at the first class. If you
have any questions about obtaining a glucose meter please call us and we can help you at xxx.xxx.xxxx
Step 2 Attending Class: Upon enrollment, you will be asked to attend a series of 4
weekly classes, lasting two hours each. We encourage you to bring a family member or support
person to class so they can learn too (at no charge).
The class topics include:
Introduction to your health care team
Defined diet/food awareness
Self-management strategies for diabetes control
Recognize your limits
Focus on your whole self, image and attitude
Medications (if needed)
Checking your blood sugars at home
Keeping the scales balanced
Ways to make changes without upsetting the apple cart
Tools of the trade ??
Suggestions to assist you in managing your diabetes
Tipping the scales
Low blood sugars
High blood sugars
Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Implications of the most current research
Avoidance of long term complications
Discuss causes and effects
How to plan and enjoy with diabetes
Alcohol Eating out More on fat Stress reduction Special Topics
Sick day guidelines
After you have completed the classes, your doctor will receive a copy of your progress note describing your educational sessions.
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your COPC physician for 3 months after completing classes.
A hemoglobin A1C should be done at this time. Additional follow‐ups with us may be scheduled as
needed to assist you in reaching your goals. Feel free to call us at (614) 447-9495 with any questions you might have.