The SMMC Diabetes Program, offered jointly by SMMC and HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, provides the foundation for lifelong management of this disease, and a better lifestyle for the diabetic patient. Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas that affects millions of Americans. It occurs when the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
The symptoms of diabetes include:
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
With the proper education and management, both types of diabetes can be controlled.
Managing Diabetes for Life
At Southern Maine Medical Center's Diabetes Program, we provide the tools to help you take control of your diabetes and live a healthier life. Our programs help people with diabetes who: are newly diagnosed; need an update or review; are starting new medications; need support; or want answers to their questions. We offer the following programs through our affiliate agency, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses:
Upon diagnosis, Primary Care Physicians may refer patients to the SMMC Diabetes program in full, or to any of the component programs:
Diabetic Foot Care Program
The SMMC Diabetic Foot program assists diabetic persons with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors to manage foot care to prevent acute and long-term medical complications resultant from diabetes. This is a modern, comprehensive physical therapy outpatient program. Clinicians assess gait, balance, appropriate footwear, lower extremity strength, sensation, and ankle and foot range of motion to identify issues and prepare a plan of foot care for diabetic patients in order to help them remain independent and injury free. For more information call 283-7980.
The Wound Care Clinic at SMMC
The Wound Care Clinic is designed to assist patients with healing chronic or difficult to heal wounds, including those resultant from diabetes. The core team of clinicians includes: certified wound specialists in the disciplines of General Surgery, Physical Therapy and Nursing. The team evaluates each patient to develop a customized plan of care. Modern technology is utilized to enhance wound healing. For more information, call 283-7980.
Physician referral required