Education and Support
Knowledge is the key to controlling diabetes. Sparrow Diabetes Services offers educational programs at Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Clinton Hospital, Sparrow Ionia Hospital and Carson City Hospital.
Classes are taught by a nurse educator and cover such topics as meal planning, carb counting, exercise, controlling risk factors, and sick day care. Monthly support groups offer another avenue for education and family involvement.
Individual and group classes are available. For your convenience, classes are held evenings and weekends, in addition to weekdays. View upcoming dates and times on our events calendar.
Information on Diabetes Education at Carson City Hospital
Diabetes Education is offered at Carson City Hospital through the Diabetes Outpatient Program of Montcalm County. Classes are offered to individuals 18 and over with Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. Classes are offered in three settings:
A - This 9-hour class option is available in one-day or two-day sessions at various dates and times. Individuals will receive class(es) of instruction with a nurse educator covering: Physical changes associated with diabetes, factors which influence the level of blood glucose, daily self-management, sick day care, signs and symptoms with treatment of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), self glucose monitoring, long-term complications and risk factors, over-the-counter drugs, oral hypoglycemic agents, insulin, instruction with a dietician covering dietary guidelines such as meal planning, eating out, label reading, sick day diets and exercise snacks. You will also receive an individualized meal plan.
B - One-on-one visits with a nurse educator and a dietician for those who cannot attend a class. This session lasts about two hours and covers the same material listed above.
C - One-on-one visits for gestational, juvenile and special needs diabetes are also available. A fee is charged for educational services. Many insurances cover this cost if ordered by physician. Grants are available for special needs. Family members and significant others are also encouraged to attend the program at no cost. 989-584-3971 ext. 379