Chronic Disease Management

Three out of five Canadians live with a chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure. We are committed to the prevention and management of chronic disease. Our programs and services are based on client education and providing you with the tools to make changes that support a healthy active lifestyle. Self-management goals, action plans, follow-up, and support from peers and professionals create a safe environment to help you make a change for the better.

Patients and families struggling with chronic illness have health care needs specific to their disabilities and daily challenges. They require planned, regular interactions with their caregivers, with a focus on function and prevention of complications. This interaction must be tailored to the needs of the client.

All the NECHC staff incorporates some health promotion with each visit. In addition to the physical assessments of blood pressure and blood sugars, for example, nurses and nurse practitioners spend the time to teach clients about their illness and factors that affect control and self-management. Their emphasis is to provide the necessary information for the client and family to take control of their illness; this includes the acceptance of where the client is today and understanding that change happens at different times for everyone. Referrals are readily available to our in-house dietician, social worker and nurse practitioners.

The Registered Dietitian applies proven behaviour change techniques and counselling methods tailored to your needs. Lifestyle interventions delivered by dietitians can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60% in at-risk clients, and counselling is associated with improved health behaviours such as increased fruit, vegetable and fibre intake. Research has shown that after at least three months of dietary counselling, clients with chronic disease have experienced weight loss, reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, and glycated hemoglobin levels.