From Sunday 29 March, the Australian Government is advising all people aged 60 and above who live with a chronic health condition, like diabetes, to self-isolate.
Now more than ever, it is important to have your Diabetes Self-Management plan ready to go.
When it comes to preparing your own plan for periods of self-isolation, you should consider the following:
- Collect the contact details of your healthcare team such as your GP, diabetes specialist, diabetes educator and pharmacist, and discuss how you will communicate with them if you need to self-isolate
- Have your Medicare, NDSS, private health, Concession Cards and their numbers handy if you need to contact a health provider
- Write down the names and doses of all medications
- Ensure that your prescriptions are current for all medications
- Have enough medication and in-date diabetes management supplies and equipment for at least four weeks in case you are unable to get to the pharmacy due to self-isolation or quarantine
- If you have type 1 diabetes and are counting carbohydrates, write down your correct ratios as this may be helpful to health providers in giving advice on medication adjustments;
- If you are on an insulin pump, write down your basal rate, correction and carbohydrate ratios, together with your average total daily dosage of insulin. These may be useful if you need to change to insulin injections for any reason.
If you live alone, make sure someone you can rely on knows you have diabetes as you may require assistance if you become ill.
If you have concerns about purchasing your diabetes supplies, please find our update here.
If you have any queries or concerns, Diabetes WA’s credentialled diabetes educators are only a phone call away on our Helpline. They can be reached on 1300 001 880, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.