Whether you have insurance benefits or not, ask your doctor about getting diabetes education. Diabetes care involves a 24-hour a day understanding of what you need to do to keep yourself healthy. Enroll in a class or work individually with a Certified Diabetes Educator or Registered Dietitian.
A list of classes and Certified Diabetes Educators are included in our Delaware Diabetes Resource Guide. Every public library in the state of Delaware has a diabetes information shelf that have books on diabetes, cookbooks and videos available to review by using your library card. The libraries all have computers you can use to go to the internet and find information on diabetes. If you have never used the computer before, the library personnel can help you. Take this Guide with you and show them the web sites you would like to view. Four excellent online resources are the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, American Diabetes Association, Quality Insights, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Other library resources are the Kent County Book Mobile, 302.698.6440 and the Sussex County Book Mobile, 302.855.7890 Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance companies cover the cost of diabetes education.
If you do not have insurance coverage, do not get discouraged, talk with the class instructors. A special payment plan or funds may be available for your special needs.
Support groups are available for adults and children with diabetes. Information for specific locations can be found by contacting the individual diabetes education programs listed in each county above and through the American Diabetes Association, 302.656.0030 or 888.DIABETES or on their website, www.diabetes.org or through The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 302.888.1117 or on their website, www.jdrf.org.
Every Public Library in the state of Delaware has a diabetes “information section”. There is information on diabetes in general, cookbooks, and other resources which are available to check out using your library card. The libraries also have computers you can use to go to the internet and find even more information on diabetes. If you have never used the computer before, the library personnel will be happy to help you. Take this Resource Guide with you and show them the websites you would like to view.