Valley Home Care brings diabetes education and support to where patients need it most – at home. Our certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians educate patients and their family members and/or caregivers on how to manage this chronic condition.

Diabetes Services

  • Evaluation of nutrition intake and suggestions for diabetes management 
  • Instructions on how to monitor blood-glucose levels and keep an effective record to track throughout the day
  • Medication management, including insulin when needed
  • Education on the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Strategies for promoting good health and creating behavior changes
  • Strategies for improving quality of life and preventing complications

Diabetes Self-Management Program

In addition to in-home diabetes counseling, we offer outpatient classes at the Dorothy B. Kraft Center in Paramus. Our diabetes self-management program is for newly diagnosed patients or those who would benefit from help managing their diabetes. View the 2019 class schedule.

The program provides a complete educational experience based on the needs of the patient and the recommendations of their doctor. Participants: 

  • Complete a one-hour individual assessment with a diabetes educator before participating in the program
  • Attend a two-hour class, once a week for four weeks
  • May bring family members or guests for support

Class topics

  • Diabetes knowledge and self-management skills assessment
  • Monitoring and use of blood-glucose results
  • Nutritional management
  • Dining out and heart-healthy eating guidance
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Medication review
  • Changing behaviors, setting goals and problem-solving
  • Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Sick day guidelines
  • Post-program follow-up

For more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Program, including upcoming sessions, call 201-447-8219.

Diabetes Support Groups

Free, monthly group sessions enable participants to learn more about their condition and share their experiences with others. Groups are facilitated by a Valley Home Care registered dietitian and take place at the Dorothy B. Kraft Center in Paramus. 

  • Adult support group (ages 18+): Meets the fourth Thursday of the month (except August and December) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Pediatric support group: Meets the second Tuesday of the month (except August) at 7 p.m. Family members are welcome.

For more information about diabetes support groups, call 201-291-6000, ext. 111-7384, or e-mail jherman@valleyhealth.com.