Diabetes Care Team - Niagara North Family Health Team

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Diabetes Care Team

The Ontario Ministry of Heath and Long-Term Care funds the Diabetes Care Team in support of the Ontario Government’s decision to make diabetes prevention and control a major health priority in our community. The team offers both education and self-management support to help you reduce your risk of complications from diabetes and help you manage the disease.

We are staffed with a Diabetes Registered Nurse Educator and Registered Dietitian Educator who work with your primary health care providers (doctor or nurse practitioner), in collaboration with community partners such as the local Canadian Diabetes Association.

The Diabetes RN Educator works as part of the inter-professional team at NNFHT. The Educator sees patients, either in groups or individually, who have a medical diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes. The role assumes counselling, educating and supporting patients to make healthy life changes to manage diabetes and pre-diabetes.

The Diabetes Care Team’s goal is to help educate, manage and support individuals with diabetes

Each patient is assessed as an individual and is given the opportunity to set targets in the self-management of diabetes and pre-diabetes. Patients are encouraged to adopt healthy life style changes, including participation in physical activity, making healthy nutrition and portion choices, ensuring that eyes are checked at regular intervals and proper foot care.

Patients who wish to self-monitor blood glucose levels are shown how to operate a glucometer and how to use it as a means of exploring the body’s reaction to life style and nutrition planning. Patients needing insulin are supported in learning the proper technique to safely administer insulin, monitor blood glucose levels and store insulin. The Diabetes Support Program stresses the importance of problem solving to lower the risks of complications related to diabetes or pre-diabetes, for example addressing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose).

The Niagara North Diabetes Care Team strives to provide knowledge; resources and self-management support to assist adults with diabetes live healthier lives in accordance with the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Good diabetes care can lead to better outcomes for patients. Even small improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar can result in lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and damage to your eyes.

Our team will provide you with the education and support you need to help you effectively manage your diabetes.


Diabetes Educator: Helen Ferley, R.N., C.D.E

Registered Dietitian: Jennifer McGregor, R.D., C.D.E

Our Diabetes Care Team also offers a Diabetes Support Group

St. Catharines

Diabetes Registered Nurse: Kim Husen, R.N., C.D.E

Diabetes Registered Dietitian: Melissa Elia, R.D., C.D.E

How to get involved

Niagara-on-the-Lake – For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 905.468.2177 ext 1.

St. Catharines – For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Laura at 905.988.9617 ext 226.