Diabetes is a serious medical condition and Minda's Southern Disability Support takes a collaborative approach to providing support for people living with intellectual disability and diabetes.
Minda has a working relationship with South Australia’s only credentialed diabetes educator, specialised in the area of Intellectual Disability.
Respect and communication are key; our healthcare providers identify your preferred form of learning and build a relationship which offers the optimum level of care – they are your partner in your healthcare plan for the future.
At Minda we:
- Adopt a language you can understand
- Use real and familiar examples to explain concepts
- Wait for your response/feedback
- Make you feel comfortable
With a management plan in place, you can achieve a much improved quality of life; these plans include nutritional therapy and physical activity and how you can make them part of daily life.
Minda’s diabetes education also helps identify:
- The type of diabetes
- Ranges for low, ideal and high blood glucose levels
- The level of risk for hypoglycaemia
- Probable symptoms of hypoglycaemia for each person
- Emergency procedures
We can also involve families and carers in the diabetes education and management process and actively encourage them to have good diabetes knowledge and skills.