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Diabetes Care Packages

Trinity Health’s Center for Diabetes Education serves patients with different types of diabetes. We desire to develop four specific care packages to meet the health and wellness needs of the patients. These packages would be given to all newly diagnosed patients with diabetes we serve. This document contains a description and cost for each item that would be in the packages. We have also listed the number of patients who would be served through each package, the total cost for each package, and the grand total we are seeking to raise in order to meet the needs of our patients.

Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and, like other types of diabetes, affects how your cells use sugar. According to a 2014 analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of gestational diabetes is as high as 9.2%. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause high blood sugar that can affect pregnancy and the health of the baby. These care packages will contain:

  • Tote - to store all of their diabetes supplies and assistance tools. $ 4.50
  • Food Scale - used to ensure accurate food portions. $12.00
  • Calorie King Book - helps with calculating carbohydrates in foods. $ 7.25
  • Measuring serving spoon - used to ensure accurate food portions. $ 7.75
  • Book - gift for the new baby. $ 5.00
  • Workout DVD - activity is an important part of diabetes care. $10.00
Cost per Package: $46.50 Number of patients who need this package 60 Total Cost: $2,790

Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes typically develops after age 40, but has recently begun to appear with more frequency in children. If a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, their pancreas still produces insulin, but the body does not produce enough or is not able to use it effectively. Those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes manage their disease through a combination of treatments, including diet control, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and in some cases, oral drugs or insulin. These care packages will contain:

  • Tote - to store all of their diabetes supplies and assistance tools. $ 4.50
  • Food Scale - used to ensure accurate food portions. $12.00
  • Calorie King Book - helps with calculating carbohydrates in foods. $ 7.25
  • Measuring serving spoon - used to ensure accurate food portions. $ 7.75
  • Cookbook - provides recipes to aid people in healthy eating and diet control. $10.00
  • Lotion - people with diabetes are more susceptible to dry skin. $ 7.00
  • Inspection Mirror - people with diabetes need to be extra vigilant with foot care, the mirror helps them see portions of their foot they are unable to see. $ 6.50
  • Diabetes Forecast - publication with recipes, patient stories, information about tools to manage diabetes and recent research relating to diabetes and medications. $12.00
  • Pedometer Free
  • Workout Video and Exercise bands - activity is an important part of diabetes care. $24.00
  • Glucose Tablets - tablets are used as a treatment for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and a person with diabetes should always have glucose tablets or a snack with them. $ 1.00
Cost per Package: $92.00 Number of patients who need this package 100
Total Cost: $9,200

Type 1 Adults: Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. If a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their pancreas produces little to no insulin, and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as manage their diet and exercise habits. These care packages will contain:

  • Tote - to store all of their diabetes supplies and assistance tools. $ 4.50
  • Food Scale - used to ensure accurate food portions. $12.00
  • Calorie King Book - helps with calculating carbohydrates in foods. $ 7.25
  • Measuring serving spoon - used to ensure accurate food portions. $ 7.75
  • Cookbook - provides recipes to aid people in healthy eating and diet control. $10.00
  • Shot Blocker - people with Type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times a day, shot blockers help to distract from the pain of constant injections. $ 5.00
  • Medical ID Voucher - people with diabetes should have medical ID on their person in case of an emergency so that the person treating them will be aware of their diagnosis. $35.00
  • Insulated Bag - insulin needs to be insulated to prevent it from getting too hot. $13.00
  • Diabetes Forecast - publication with recipes, patient stories, information about tools to manage diabetes and recent research relating to diabetes and medications. $12.00
  • Pink Panther Book - provides essential information for people living with diabetes. $25.00
  • Glucose Tablets - tablets are used as a treatment for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and a person with diabetes should always have glucose tablets or a snack with them. $ 1.00
Cost per Package: $132.50 Number of patients who need this package 10 Total: $1,325

Type 1 Peds: The same as Type 1 Adults, but these packages are for pediatric patients and will contain:

  • Backpack - to store all of their diabetes supplies and assistance tools. $ 9.00
  • Food Scale - used to ensure accurate food portions. $ 12.00
  • Calorie King Book - helps with calculating carbohydrates in foods. $ 7.25
  • Measuring serving spoon - used to ensure accurate food portions. $ 7.75
  • Cookbook - provides recipes to aid people in healthy eating and diet control. $ 10.00
  • Buzzy the Bee - children with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times a day. As of 2012, about 63% of children were afraid of needles. Buzzy the bee not only vibrates to help alleviate pain he also has a frozen wings to numb and help distract children from the needles. $ 40.00
  • Medical ID Voucher - people with diabetes should have medical ID on their person in case of an emergency so that the person treating them will be aware of their diagnosis. $ 35.00
  • Insulated Bag - insulin needs to be insulated to prevent it from getting too hot. $ 13.00
  • Diabetes Forecast - publication with recipes, patient stories, information about tools to manage diabetes and recent research relating to diabetes and medications. $ 12.00
  • Pink Panther Book - provides essential information for people living with diabetes. $ 13.00
  • Glucose Tablets - tablets are used as a treatment for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and a person with diabetes should always have glucose tablets or a snack with them. $ 1.00
  • Diabetes Camp voucher (includes registration cost and assistance with travel) – This summer camp is for children ages 8 to 14 living with diabetes. Two one-week sessions are held in Park River, ND. Campers participate in activities such as the climbing tower, canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, archery, arts and crafts, sports, evening campfires and much more. In addition to the typical camp activities, campers also participate in “Diabetes Ed” (learning the ins and outs of this disease) and have a “Date with the Dietitian” (carb counting, cooking healthy meals, etc.). $300.00
Cost per Package: $460.00 Number of patients who need this package 20 Total: $9,200

Grand Total to meet all Patient Needs: $22,515.
Dear Partner in Health,

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more Americans than ever have diabetes. Diabetes affects an estimated 20.8 million adults and children, yet close to a third of them may not know they have it. Here in Ward County we are seeing a rise in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes, even among children. Diabetes can develop gradually over the years, often without symptoms causing many to go undiagnosed. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Getting diagnosed with diabetes can be a scary time. The path ahead is full of anxiety and uncertainty as people navigate what their life will look like with this disease. An overwhelming amount of initial education needs to happen, as well as follow up throughout their course of this chronic illness.

Trinity Health’s Center for Diabetes Education has a dedicated team of 7 staff members who are here to serve you and your loved ones. The Diabetes team is proactive in educating the community and individual patients and their families on nutrition, exercise, medication management, blood glucose testing and more so that they have more control over their health and wellness. Their goal is that the patients feel supported as they begin their journey with diabetes and continue to deal with this disease long-term.

Each year, Trinity Health’s Center for Diabetes Education serves more than 1,900 patients and in the process touches the lives of countless family members. Many of those families share with us just how much they appreciate the care that they have received. Here are a few representative comments that we have received (names removed to respect their privacy).

“They let me know what I need to eat and do to manage my blood glucose. They answered all of our concerns.”

“I didn’t know much about diabetes and how to control it. They presented important information in a simple, easy to understand manner. I got what I needed for my level of understanding and needs. It was very helpful.”

“I know what I need to do to take care of us both and track my blood sugar levels. I have a better understanding of what and how to eat. I know what is OK to eat and how much. I’m no longer worried about severely restricting my diet.”

“I was thoroughly impressed with their help and I am so glad that I didn’t cancel the appointment because of my skepticism! They are very knowledgeable and I want to continue consulting with them.”

While we have a history of providing excellent service, with your partnership we can do even more to offer the best care possible. Presently, we are seeking $22,515 per year so that we may offer each newly diagnosed diabetes patient we serve a Diabetes Care Package. These care packages will assist our current efforts by providing patients and their families with tools that will enhance the necessary lifestyle changes, soften the initial financial burden, ease the discomfort of diabetes and boost their confidence by increasing their knowledge base. A full list of all of the items that are included in the Diabetes Care Package is enclosed for your review.

“We recognize that for the patients we serve everything they do impacts their daily wellbeing as well as their physical and emotional health for the rest of their lives. Therefore, as we provide education and support to help each individual live well with diabetes and reduce risks for heart attacks, stroke, blindness, amputations and dialysis, we give individuals and their families quality time to hear their stories and offer support. By providing the listed items Trinity Center for Diabetes Education removes the urgency for the family to go and purchase them. This, in turn, helps decrease the stress of learning a new lifestyle in the midst of family and work commitments, and the package helps the individual with diabetes and their family move forward to implement the newly learned lifestyle.”

-Susan Burkhart, Diabetes Education Coordinator


We encourage you to partner with us to offer the type of service you would want for yourself or your loved ones to as many people as possible. Through your generosity lives will be touched as each individual we serve receives the comfort and care that everyone deserves.

Truly,


Jeffrey Verhey, M.D.
Chairman, Trinity Health Foundation Board
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