(207) 474-5121 | 46 Fairview Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976

Diabetes Education

Diabetes
Self
Management
Training

If you want to gain the knowledge, confidence & skills to take control of your diabetes, your health, and your life, ask your doctor for a referral to RFGH's Diabetes Self Management Training Program!

Sessions

Each session consists of 5 classes and 2 interviews

The classes cover:

  • Class 1
    Introduction to Diabetes and Coping Emotionally With It
  • Class 2
    Nutrition and Meal Planning with Carbohydrate Counting
  • Class 3
    Medications, Monitoring, and Pattern Management
  • Class 4
    Acute & Chronic Complications/Sick Day Management
  • Class 5
    Exercise, Goal Setting, and Resources

Also

  • A private meeting for one (1) hour with the RN instructor to discuss your personal needs and plan your program (before Class 1)
  • A private meeting for one (1) hour with a Dietitian to develop a meal plan especially for you
Redington–Fairview holds these training sessions six (6) times per year at different times of day. Call Margaret Buschmann 858-2261 for more information.

OnGoing Support

Low-Carb Connection

RFGH Monthly Diabetes Support Group
First Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 7:30 pm in RFGH Conference Room #1
The Low-Carb Connection at RFGH welcomes people with Diabetes, their family and friends, and anyone affected by this disease. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month except for July and August.
Call Margaret Buschmann, RN, CDE at 858-2261 for more information.

"I have been attending the RFGH Diabetes Support Group for 17 years, because it is a constant reminder that I am diabetic. I call diabetes a "wolf in sheep`s clothing"; we look fine on the outside, but it is constantly trying to attack our organs."

Diabetes is a serious disease that can raise blood sugars to dangerous levels. Over time, these high blood sugars do damage throughout the body, leading to kidney disease, eye disease and blindness, and amputations of feet and legs. However, this DOES NOT have to happen. Blood sugars can be controlled with some healthy lifestyle changes and if necessary, medications. With blood sugar levels controlled, damage is minimized.

"Being newly diagnosed with diabetes, I felt overwhelmed. Coming to the support group helped me to focus on just a few goals at a  time... I always leave motivated to work harder at controlling my diabetes and not have my diabetes control me."

The Low Carb Connection, RFGH`s diabetes support group, is an informal, FREE, drop-in when you can meeting for any people interested in or touched by diabetes. Each gathering offers an educational topic, sometimes with a guest speaker, but there is always time for visiting and sharing.

"It`s great to have other people who have the same problem. You discover some great ideas from them... even if you have been diabetic for years, there are things you can learn." Linda Corson

"This group is an inspiration to me; I now eat right, keep my numbers, and exercise... I fell it is very important to get together and inspire each other to strive towards our goals. I credit this group and its leader in my turn around and success." Steven Barrette

Come join us and see for yourself. Diabetes is a major inconvenience and, if not controlled, a serious threat to health and life. But you are not alone and you don`t have to struggle with diabetes without support. We welcome you!

Welcome to Redington-Fairview

The Mission of Redington-Fairview General Hospital (RFGH) is to develop, provide, and facilitate quality comprehensive, cost-effective health services for the people we serve.

Redington-Fairview General Hospital is an independent community hospital located in Skowhegan, Maine. RFGH has provided quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of Somerset County since 1952. A member of the Maine Hospital Association, RFGH offers inpatient and outpatient services in many specialities, has a network of community-based primary care and pediatric physicians, and provides 24-hour emergency medical services.

Where To Find Us

Redington-Fairview General Hospital
46 Fairview Avenue
P.O. Box 468
Skowhegan  Maine

207-474-5121

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